Waddesdon Manor Event

September 13th saw the first of this year’s wine events, where 22 CAWC members were treated to an outstanding selection of wines from the Baron Philippe Rothschild estates, expertly presented by Peter Tomkins in the (recently restored) wine cellars of an historic chateau. If you can’t quite picture the scene, think of Downton Abbey but in real life.

In true CAWC style, we tasted 8 wines, of which two were blind. Because the 2010 Blason de l’Evangile from Pomerol had slightly oxidised, Peter added a 9th wine, by opening a 2015 equivalent so that we could taste the difference. Both were wonderful examples of high quality French wines from a world famous estate, but neither were wine of the night.

Again in classic CAWC style, our chairman Steve put the wines to the vote, where the winners were:


  • WWOTN: 2017 Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand
  • RWOTN/WOTN: 2001 Chateau D’Armailhac, Pauillac France

It should be noted that this was the introduction to the Rothschild estate; Peter Tomkins has promised that the next event on the 18th of October will be a step up in quality. Having seen and approved the flight beforehand (which I will keep as a surprise to those attending) it certainly seems that he’s fulfilled his promise. 

Friday October 18th saw the second Rothschild tasting, with the expectation of dipping into a sample of wines from the estate. Quite apart from attending a beautiful manor house on our doorstep, home to Britain’s most valuable wine collection and a wealth of interesting history, the wines we sampled were quite a step up in quality. Feedback from both events, which I attended for reference and research purposes (obviously), was overwhelmingly positive which means it needs organising again next year.

In true club style and without reference to prices, we voted on wines of the night, with Steve in charge on September 13th and Sandy on October 18th. For the record, the wines we tasted were:

13th September – Steve Viney chair

18th October – Sandy Clark chair

1. Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (Marlborough New Zealand) White Wine of the Night

1. R de Rieussec 2018 Blanc Sec (Bordeaux, France) White Wine of the Night

2. Baroness Nadine 2017, Chardonnay (Western Cape, South Africa)

2. Baroness Nadine 2017, Chardonnay (Western Cape, South Africa)

3. Los Vascos Grande Reserve 2019. Cabernet Sauvignon blend (Colchagua, Chile)

3. Apaltagua Coleccion, Pinot Noir 2017 (San Antonio Chile)

Red Wine of the Night & Wine of the Night

4. Chateau D’Armailhac 2001, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (Bordeaux France)

Red Wine of the Night & Wine of the Night

4. Chateau Clerc Milon 2004 (Grand Cru Classe Pauillac) 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc

5. Blason de L’Evangile 2010 (Pomerol France) 89% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc.

A comparison tasting was added for the 2015 vintage, 61% merlot, 39% Cabernet Franc.

5. Chateau d’Issan 2009 (Grand Cru Classe Margaux (56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot)

6. Gran Corte 2011, Syrah and Petit Verdot (Vista Flores, Argentina)

6. Los Vascos Le Dix 2019 (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot) Colchagua, Chile

7. Mystery wine 1: Grial 2015 from Chile, 100% Carminere

7. Silent Noise, Single Vineyard 2014 Shiraz (McLaren Vale, Australia)

8. Mystery wine 2: Dessert Wine France 1986

8. Maury d’Archiviste (AC Maury, France 1937, yes 82 years old.

After: Waddesdon’s own Damson gin

After: Waddesdon’s own Damson gin

Christmas Party 2019

Bookings are now being taken for Tuesday December 3rd, where numbers are limited to 70 on a first come first served basis. This year sees the return of three long-standing friends of the club, Nick Filipetto for the catering, Giuseppe Tedone for the desserts and Tim McLaughlin Green for the wines. The price will be £25 per head and your attendance must be paid in advance. The mains will be Italian roasted pork cutlets with roasted vegetables, all of which are gluten free. If you have any additional dietary considerations, for example vegetarian or non-pork, please let us know when making your booking. Feedback from the 2018 party was to serve the special dishes first, to ensure everyone is served the food they can eat.

Please indicate your interest at either the November meeting, or contact to reserve a space.