Hedonism comes to the Helderberg via Haskell


The grandfather of SA Bordeaux blends, Giorgio Dalla Cia (whose Meerlust Rubicon put the SA interpretation of the traditional Cab/Merlot/Franc/Malbec/Petit Verdot recipe onto the hedonist radar screen to such an extent that Francis Ford Coppola now calls his own Californian icon, Rubicon) says the Helderberg is the St. Émilion of SA wine. So it was quite appropriate that Preston Haskell should pour the best of Bordeaux for his guests at his Helderberg winery on Saturday night.

IMG 1026 300x168 Hedonism comes to the Helderberg via Haskell

This must have been the first Cape Town wine function where guests arrived early. I arrived 30 minutes before kick off and the Pétrus 1986 was almost plat while those who arrived on time had to make do with the dregs of La Mission Haut Brion 1967 which was a shame as it was the best red of the evening IMHO.

Blogger Black Delilah was so committed, she’d transcribed the list of wines on offer into her tasting notebook. And what a list it was:

Bordeaux

• Chateau La Mission Haut Brion 1967
• Chateau Mouton- Rothschild 1987
• Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1984
• Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1975
• Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1994
• Chateau Mouton- Rothschild 1979
• Chateau Latour 1973
• Chateau Palmer 1994
• Chateau Palmer 1990
• Leoville Las Cases 1985
• Chateau Haut Beychevelle 1970
• Chateau Giscours 1973
• Pavie 1985
• Haut Brion 1988
• Haut Brion 1967
• Cheval Blanc 1971
• Figeac 1982
• Petrus 1986
• Cos Destournel 1994
• Lynch Bages 1990
• Lynch Bages 1961
• Batailley 1997
• Les Forts de Latour 1990
• Chateau d’Angludet 1986
• Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 2002
• Chateau Meyney 1999

Rhone- Red

• Vieux Telegraphe 1999
• Clos de Caillou Les Quartz 2010
• Pegau Reserve 2009
• Guigal Cote-Rotie 2003
• La Roquette 2000

Rhone- White

• Alain Graillot Crozes Hermitage Blanc 2008
• Guigal Condrieu 2010
• Ogier Condrieu Lacombe 2011
• Ogier Condrieu 2011
• Vieux Telegraphe Blanc Vielle Vignes 1999

Red Burgundy

• d’Angerville Volnay Taillepieds Premier Cru 2001
• d’Angerville Volnay Fremiets Premier Cru 2001
• Laurent Ponsot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 1989
• Michel Ganoux Pommard Grands Epenot 1er 1976
• Latour Chambolle Musigny 1er 2001
• Domaine de la Romanee Conti La Tache Grand Cru 1970
• Chanson Beaune Teurons Premier Cru 2005
• Mongeard-Mugneret Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 1983
• Prosper Mafoux Gevrey Chambertin 1984
• Jean Grivot Bossieres Premier Cru 2001
• Lafarge Clos de Chenes Premier Cru 2008
• Bouchard Pere et Fils Greves Vigne de l’enfant 2010
• Bouchard Pere et Fils Le Corton Grand Cru 2010
• Bouchard Pere et Fils Volnay Caillerets Premier Cru 2010
• Bouchard Pere et Fils Pommard Rugiens Premier Cru 2010
• Jadot Vosne Romanee ‘Le Beau Monts’Premier Cru 2000
• Jadot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 1997
• Latour Gevrey Chambertin Clos St Jacques Premier Cru 1997
• Latour Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2003

Barolo

• Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2006
• Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 2006
• Elio Grasso Runcot Reserva 2004
• Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2004
• Luciano Sandrone Le Vigne 2007
• Aldo Conterno Barolo 2007
• Aldo Conterno Barolo 2008
• Felsina Fontolloro IGT 2008

Spain

• Ganuza Reserva 2005
• Mauro Reserva 2007

White Burgundy

• Etienne Sauzet Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres Premier Cru 1992
• Louis Latour Meursault 2000
• Louis Latour Meursault 1990
• Joseph Drouhin Clos de la Garenne 1er 1989
• Louis Jadot St Aubin 1995
• William Fevre Le Clos Grand Cru 2009
• William Fevre Le Clos Grand Cru 2010
• Lafarge Meursault 2008
• Bouchard Pere et Fils Meursault Genevrieres Premier Cru 2009
• Bouchard Pere et Fils Perrieres Premier Cru 2010
• Bouchard Pere et Fils Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2010
• Deux Montille Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2007
• Latour Chablis ‘Le Clos’ Grand Cru 2009

Sancerre

• Chateau de Sancerre 2003
• Prosper Mafoux Sancerre 1999