Experimental Cocktail Club team plan wine bar


gulfi vineyardThe company behind the international bar group Experimental Cocktail Club is to open a wine bar in London this winter.

Experimental Group is creating Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels Seven Dials in Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden, offering an exciting wine list alongside a lunch and dinner menu.

It also operates Experimental Cocktail Club bars in London’s Chinatown, Paris and New York City, Experimental Beach bar and restaurant in Las Salinas on Ibiza and Beef Club & Ballroom in Paris.

In line with its approach to cocktails, the group plans to stay away from mainstream wines, selecting original wines made by small producers from around the world.

The wine list will change frequently due to the limited supply from small producers, with the promise of new and interesting references on a weekly basis.

The lunch and dinner menus at Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels will take inspiration from French flavours while incorporating ingredients from local British suppliers. The menu will be designed to pair “exquisitely” with the wines offered.

The wine list is being developed by Nic Smith, wine director and sommelier for Experimental Group, who will bring together big names from France and all over the world. They are set to include the full-bodied Pétrus and Château Margaux from Bordeaux, the elegant Burgundy wines of la Romanée Conti and Georges Roumier as well as the crisp, mineral Chablis of François Raveneau and Vincent Dauvissat.

The list will also offer a large selection from international winemakers, from the velvety and slightly sweet rieslings of Egon Müller in Mosel, Germany, to Assyrtico made by the biodynamic winery of Hatzidakis in Santorini, Greece.

Other winemakers featuring on the list will be Vito Catania of Azienda Gulfi (pictured) from Sicily, Jean-Michel Stephan from Côte-Rôtie in the Rhône valley, Dominik Uber from the Terroir al Limit winery in Priorat, Spain, and Mounir Saouma from the Lucien Lemoine winery in Burgundy.

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