Ten Trinity Square Club
10 Trinity Square, EC3N 4AJ
WLC Rank : 9
Glass from : £ 10 (125 ml)
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The Latour Discovery Room
An exclusive, wine-focused members' clubs featuring a calendar of inspiring events, and fine vintages direct from leading producers.
One of the most interesting aspects of a sommelier’s position is the opportunity to meet “exciting people, all the time, eye-to-eye,” says Jan Konetzki. “A sommelier is one of only a few jobs where you can mix easily with people you could not easily touch, be it a national head of state, the person running one of the world’s biggest investment funds, or a person who toured with the Rolling Stones. And it’s nice when they’re interested in what you do and say, ‘I want to have a job swap.’”
Born in an albeit pitiable vintage for wine (1980), Konetzki, who began his professional life as a baker, has risen to the role of governor of all vinous affairs at 10 Trinity Square by the Tower of London. Unravelling within the opulent former headquarters of the Port of London Authority, the often wine-focused complex includes a sumptuous Members’ Club with a collection of Château Latour’s Grand Vin reaching back to 1939, the Dame de Pic restaurant where all roads lead to the Rhône, and Asian fusion, Mei Ume. Konetzki is also the Ambassador for Artemis Domaines and separately, “consultant” (though he dislikes the term) for Douro legend, Dirk Niepoort.
Dapper in a luxurious woollen suit with glittering grapes broach, Konetzki (formerly of the three Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road) particularly enjoys realising a fascinating calendar of events for the Club’s 800 members, which includes a strong showing from those working in finance, law and insurance, as well as plentiful entrepreneurs. One occasion was the collaboration with the London Symphony Orchestra, “where music replaced food in a tasting menu,” says Kontetzki. “It was very un-nerdy,” recalls Konetzki of the sensory evening, featuring “a cool, elegant, 2014 Château Grillet, powerful 2015 Vosne-Romanée (Domaine D‘Eugenie), and double magnum of earthy, truffle-y, fragrant 15-year-old Les Forts de Latour.” Of the latter, principal flautist, Gareth Davies said it “gave him goose-bumps, and was much better than my Yellow Tail,” recalls Konetzki. Another event looked at the impact of ageing on wine, asking, “is it comparable to the impact on a human – vibrant and energetic in youth, developing in character and wisdom as it matures?”
Expect a dazzling collection of bottles, magnums, double magnums, jeroboams and imperials from the Artemis stable at the Club (Bordeaux chateaux, Latour and Siaurac; Grillet in Condrieu; Domaine d’Eugénie and Clos du Tart in Burgundy, and Eisele, Napa) alongside cuisine by Anne Sophie Pic’s team of Le Dame de Pic. “There’s a punch of heartiness in the dishes, with a creative take on classic dishes, such as a square steak tartare with mole, green shiso, bonito and watermelon radish. The elevation of sour crispness is very satisfying and quite dramatic.” The latter could work with a young instalment of what Konetzki calls “our house wine, Forts de Latour, which is instantly drinkable with super-soft tannins, crunchy freshness, and very pretty, redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit with a slight iron, subtle meatiness.”
Konetski also finds time to headline events at the PX festival, a hospitality-focused weekend for people “who dedicate their lives to the culinary experiences of others.”
By Douglas Blyde.