Return to Hedonism – design your own tasting

I first visited Hedonism back in June and was mesmerised by the whole experience. The range, the quality, the warm service was all truly fantastic. I decide to go and have another look around today and was no les impressed – the white Burgundy room filled with DRC, Coche Dury and Leflaive, the wall of Yquem, the verticals of Mouton, Grange, Screaming Eagle and Gaja.

DRC anyone?

DRC anyone?

Mouton vertical

Mouton vertical

But this time what I was really interested in was selection of 48 wines in the enomatic tasting cabinets. I decided to put £50 on a tasting card and create my own tasting. The selection starts at £0.80 for a 25ml of Greek Malagousia, all the way up to £20-odd quid for a 25ml tasting of Yquem or Opus One. The fantastic staff will give you as much advice as you want – never over-bearing but always available, or you can just go it alone. I devised a 9-wine tasting that was just sublime. Give it a go… If you love wine, you’ll adore Hedonsim.

(All prices are per bottle as I forgot to note the 25ml price!)

Sergio Zenato Lugana Riserva 2010, Veneto, Italy (£29.50)

An interesting Trebbiano! Zesty and bright; look out for Lugana on Italian restaurant wine lists. 87 points

Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£22.40)

New world SB with all of the tropics and none of the green veg. Nice change

Jadot Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle Duc de Magenta 2010, Burgundy, France (not currently for sale but @£30)

Very promising with plenty of peach fruit but so tight and steely and needs lots of time. 91 points

Cosecha La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 2001, Rioja, Spain (not currently for sale but @£40)

Beautifully traditional Rioja; gorgeous balance of fruit and oak; strawberries and vanilla cream. 93 points

Neo Punto & Sencia Ribero del Duero 2009, Ribero del Duero, Spain (£48.10)

Modern, powerful fruit-bomb. Too aggressive for my palate! 88 points

Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2009, South Australia (£87.30)

Sweet fruit and ever so elegant. Touch of smoke, lots of mineral; very fine indeed. 93 points

Penfolds Bin 389 2010, South Australia (£49.80)

Lively acidity, smooth tannins and delicious autumn fruits. No overbearing oak – a simple but enjoyable Cab Sav/Shiraz blend. 90 points

Cerequio Voerzio Barolo 2000, Piedmont, Italy (£278.90)

A very evolved nose of dried fruit, leather, animal, herbs and flowers. Still showing huge, chewy tannin. Cherry, tar, leather, violets; marvellous but still needs time! 94 points

Quintarelli Amarone Classico 1998, Veneto, Italy (£347.80)

16.5% alcohol… But you’d never know it! Rich but fresh, smooth and so luxurious. Aromas and flavours of cherry, fig, tar, chocolate, truffle, tar and flowers. It goes on for ever. Absolutely sublime; it’s not often you get a chance to try a wine like this. 96 points

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