On Monday night, 19th March the Vintners Hall rang to the sounds of Mud, mud glorious mud as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama singers lead the sing-along with Liverymen and guests at the Spring dinner.
Attended by 140 people the guests included Masters from the Tobacco Pipemakers, the Plaisterers, the City of London Solicitors, the Chartered Secretary and Administrators and the Constructors and representatives from the armed forces with whom the WCCS has an affiliation. The principal speaker was JohnLivingstone-Learmonth, an internationally renown wine writer specialising in the Rhone region – bio below. John recommended the wines served at the dinner, and helped choose the food menu to complement the wines in tastes and flavours. These were:
2009 Condrieu Chery Andre Perret Northern Rhone
2007 Cornas La Geynale, Vincent Paris Northern Rhone
2005 Cornas La Geynale, Robert Michel Northern Rhone
The wines were chosen to demonstate the wide variety of some of the lesser known wines of the region, although the earthy hues of the 2007 Cornas was not to everyone’s taste.
Replying on behalf of the guests Anne Kavenagh from AXA Real Estate, who reminded the dinner that AXA owns vineyards in France and the rest of Europe and that having a glass of fine wine is an established tradition in AXA and helps foster the good will and fellowship which was also in evidence at our Spring dinner.
John Livingstone-Learmonth has been visiting the Rhône vineyards since June 1973.
“The Wines of the Rhône” was the first book written on the Rhône, and appeared in three editions (the last one published by Faber (1992, 680 pages). “The Wines of the Northern Rhône” (University of California Press, 2005) won the Louis Roederer International Wine Book Award in 2006. In December 2011, “Gigondas, Its Wines, Its Land, Its People” was published in French and English (Bottin Gourmand and IG & AV); here John covers every vintage of the wines of Gigondas from 1959 to 2009. His Rhône website is www.drinkrhone.com.
John’s articles have appeared in a range of British magazines, notably Decanter, Wine, and the World of Fine Wine, as well as the Singapore Wine Review. He contributes to annuals such as the Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Book, the Wine Atlas, and the Oz Clarke Wine Atlas and Pocket Book. He has held tastings in Britain, the United States, France and Asia, and tasted on Panels including the Mâcon, San Francisco and McLaren Vale South Australia Wine Fairs. He is an Honorary Citizen of the Rhône village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and in July 2006 was made a Chevalier of the Ordre du Mérite Agricole by The French State.
Anne Kavanagh is the Global Head of Asset Management of AXA Real Estate, Europe’s largest Real Estate Investment Manager with over €40 billion of assets under management. In this role, Anne is responsible for transactions, development and asset management and is also a member of the Management Board.
Prior to joining AXA Real Estate Anne was Managing Director at Lazard. Before, she was Head of Real Estate Europe at CPIM and an International Director at Jones Lang LaSalle. With over 25 years in the real estate business, Anne has extensive experience in capital markets, investment and asset management.