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A Starlight Dinner at the Halcyon Gallery


A good night had for Goedhuis & Co at the Halcyon Gallery for the Starlight Fine Wine Dinner. The auction raised an incredible £85k which is fantastic. The wonderful Starlight team were a lot of fun and worked their socks off to make it such a successful evening. The Goedhuis team were also out in force last night joined by a serious line up of different 1er Cru & 2ème Cru Bordeaux. The focus was on the 1990 vintage which lived up to its reputation. The third in a trio of superlative Bordeaux vintages, and now widely regarded as one of the finest post-war vintages.


The tasting wines were………

Ch Latour 1990
Ch Lafite Rothschild 1990
Ch Margaux 1990
Ch Haut-Brion 1990
Ch Mouton Rothschild 1990
Ch Cheval Blanc 1990
Ch Léoville Barton 1990
Ch Rauzan Ségla 1990
Ch Cos d’Estournel 1990
Ch Gruaud Larose 1990
Ch Palmer 1990
Ch d’Yquem 1998

The Art work / photography was rather fitting with high end paintings by Bob Dylan and David LaChapelle. For me Cheval Blanc 1990 was the wine of the night. But I was somewhat distracted by LaChapelle’s awesome photo of Naomi Campbell indulging in a milk bath. Say no more!


Jamie Strutt writes…….

Cheval Blanc, was certainly the most seductive wine of the evening with huge appeal, lots of lovely opulent fruit – completely delicious. Equally good but very different was Haut Brion – hugely complex, incredible balance and poise, wonderfully focused and very classy. Lafite started of slowly but really opened up as the evening went on, quite floral on the nose spicey and exotic, with great texture on the palate. I think this wine would have really evolved into something very good if left for a while – lovely texture and weight on the palate, great fruit. I also thought Cos showed very well, powerful but good fruit and Palmer opened up well but there was certainly some bottle variation.


Julian Chamberlen represented Goedhuis post tasting for the dinner / auction. He writes…..

Amazingly we auctioned off the remainder of the tasting bottles with Cheval Blanc achieving £800 for half a bottle which was great and between them, they all raised another £3k for the charity. Meursault drank in a flash as the auction got going – 4 lots raised £85k which was great – then into some red wine action with Palmer leading the charge as first wine out – very good it was too. Followed by Barton which was as sure footed as ever, then into Mouton which, when coupled with the duck, tasted beautifully sweet and the temperature it came out at was perfect. Really refreshing and certainly our table drank it with gusto. Yquem 98 to complete the line-up which was gorgeous. Arthur the auctioneer back on his feet to encourage some pledges to grant wishes for seriously and terminally ill children. nother 80k raised here which was fabulous. A great fun evening for a wonderful charity.