67 Pall Mall
Food Type: European
Glass Price: £ (175 ml)
Phone number: 020 3000 6767
Perhaps the daddy of them all in London, though we should point out straight away that 67 Pall Mall is a members' club.
Members of 67 Pall Mall have access to an unrivalled list of wines, all of them sold at an eminently sensible price, all expertly curated by Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn.
The list is crafted "to excite, challenge and captivate" the club's members, its amazing diversity and depth made possible thanks to its extensive sub-basement cellars, which allow 67 Pall Mall to hold thousands of cases of the finest and rarest wines in the world on the premises.
Pricing is a fundamental consideration and works on the basis of a small cash mark-up, rather than a multiple of the cost price.
As founder and CEO Grant Ashton explains: "The concept of bottles forever locked away in cellars gathering dust is our own particular bête−noir. Our mission is to entice our members to pull the cork and discover a new wine."
Members make their wine choices on a searchable list on iPads which is packed with winemakers’ notes, tasting notes and critics’ scores.
Further expert guidance is available from 67 Pall Mall's team of 10 full-time sommeliers – possibly the best in London, including head sommelier Terry Kandylis (Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2016, formerly Best Sommelier in Greece), assistant head sommelier Gareth Ferreira (UK Ruinart Challenge 2016 winner, Best Sommelier in South Africa 2016), Roberto Duran (formerly Best Sommelier in Spain) and Caroline Fridolffson (currently competing for the title of Sweden's Best Sommelier).
A section of Sommelier’s Recommendations presents an ever-evolving list of the crack sommelier team’s favourite wines. This section gives guests immediate access to an edited selection of wines from 67 Pall Mall's 5,000 bin cellar.
In addition, a massive 500 wines are available by the glass, including such drops of gods as Château Latour 1961, Harlan Estate 1997 and Sassicaia 1985, as a small sample or full glass thanks to Coravin technology.
Wine lovers fortunate enough to pass through the doors of 67 Pall Mall are likely to enjoy themselves quite a lot. Membership is a formidable £2,000 (£1,000 joining fee, then £1,000 a year), but if you have it, spend it here!
By Darren Smith
• Puligny-Montrachet 'Les Pucelles' 2005, Domaine Leflaive, Burgundy, France - white - £147 (375ml)
• Scharzhof Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett 2007, Egon Müller, Mosel, Germany - white - £78 (375ml)
• Château Margaux 1996, Bordeaux, France - red - £390 (375ml)
• Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2001, Frédéric Magnien, Burgundy, France - red - £172.50 (375ml)
• Clos de Tart 2007, Mommesin, Burgundy, France - red - £184.50 (375ml)
• Colheita Port 2000, Quinta do Noval, Douro, Portugal - fortified - £51 (375ml)