Robert Hankey


What is your most memorable wine experience

I have two! The first was doing a horizontal tasting of 1969 Barolos over a long dinner – Rinaldi, Conterno, Mascarello, plus many other names were on show and it truly showed the incredible variation of terroirs and producers within the region (akin to the wines of Burgundy) and the longevity of the wines. The second was a horizontal of 2007 white Burgundy.  The Domaine d’Auvenay (an Auxey Duresses Village, what one might call a lesser appellation) was the wine of the night and beat all the 1er Cru and Grand Cru from other famous names in the region. 

If you could choose any wine from the CV Top 100, which one would you pick and why?  

Domaine d’ Auvenay. I’ve been lucky enough to try the wines twice and both times I was blown away and speechless.  The first was at my first time at a 3 Michelin Star restaurant in Paris.  The food was outstanding with the best dishes I’ve ever eaten, however when we opened a bottle of Domaine d’Auvenay, all anyone could talk about was the wine.  Not only was the wine out of this world, it was perfectly paired with the dishes served to us. 

You’re throwing a dinner party and can invite anyone, dead or alive. Who do you invite and what would be your signature food and wine pairing?  

Having grown up in Savoie, France, I would have a Raclette evening: traditional Raclette with potatoes plus a selection of other cheeses & charcuterie.  I always believe in drinking local so Mondeuse for red, Chignin Bergeron for white.  Sweet also goes with cheese and I’d usually go with a German Auslese. It’s hard to narrow down my guest list, but my ultimate dream dinner companion would definitely be David Attenborough!

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