Fine Wine Course

Basic information

Duration: 1 evening a week for six weeks.
8-10  benchmark wines per evening.
6.45-8.45pm (Evgs 1 & 2 may last a little longer).
19-21 Hatton Garden , London EC1N 8BA

Price: £590 Inc Vat

Individual Evenings  are available for £110 each.


2017 Course Dates:

(I  run this course once a year, in the early New Year)

Wednesdays: February 1, 8, 15,  22;  March  1, 8. 2017


Enquire / Book  for the Complete Course, or for individual evenings.


All the 2017 Course Wines are detailed lower down the page.


Detailed Synopsis of each evening:

See drop downs at the bottom of this page.

THE FINE WINE COURSE covers more advanced tasting technique, quality assessment and notemaking, based on the classic wines and wine regions of France. It differs from the Beginners Course in that each evening’s subject matter is narrower and can be explored at much greater depth; and because its best wines are very much more expensive.  The typical retail price-range per evening is from £20 to £200 a bottle, with the top wines in the course costing closer to £300 a bottle. A fact sheet & map are provided for each region, and 8-10 wines are tasted on each occasion, 51 wines in all, illustrating a range of styles, France’s terroir concept and a full quality cross section.

THE COURSE IS UNUSUAL in that, along with younger examples, we show fully mature wines. These wines are increasingly rare and sought after in today’s market place. Seeing what they have to offer, how they develop with bottle age, and why one bothers to keep them, are fundamental to the appreciation and enjoyment of fine wine.

THE WINES You can see the scope and quality range in the list of wines, used for the 2015 course, below. There are variations each year of course, but this will give you a good idea.

Whilst the individual evenings will concentrate on a key aspect of tasting (which the wines are particularly suited to illustrate), they will also stand alone as there is always an exploration both of variations of style within the region, as well as a range of clear different quality levels to illustrate France’s quality hierarchy, itself an excellent basis for ‘calibrating’ wines worldwide.

A Selection of Tasty Canapés is always served.

Purchasing individual evenings.
You can now purchase individual evenings on the course @ £110 per evening:

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Evening 1    Champagne & Alsace
Evening 2    Loire & White Bordeaux
Evening 3    Red Bordeaux
Evening 4    The Rhône Valley
Evening 5    White Burgundy
Evening 6    Red Burgundy



The main thing is to enjoy a wide range of fine French wine!


  • A benchmark style and quality selection of France's classic wines.

  • The background to the French concept of terroir .

  • A thorough exploration of tasting technique for different styles of wine.

  • The distinction between objective assessment & personal preference.

  • The differences between ‘traditional’ &  ‘modern’ winemaking .

  • Variations of style within a region to give a broader picture.

  • Clear different quality levels to illustrate the French 'calibration'.

  • Practising a wide range of vocabulary for noticing, and noting.

  • A detailed and orderly approach to observation and notemaking .

  • Blind Tasting practice.

  • Considering bottle age in relation to ‘ maturity’ and ‘ readiness to drink’ .

  • An indication of some of the best ‘brands’ and growers to look out for.

THESE ARE THE WINES FOR THE 2017 COURSE. There may be the odd change, but this is pretty much final.

Evening 1

1. NV Taittinger Brut
2. NV Charles Heidsieck Brut Res.            
 3. 2008 Moet Chandon Grand Vintage                     
 4. 2002 Bollinger La Grande Année

 5. 1995 Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Millenaires         
6. 2010 Riesling (Trimbach)
7. 2005 Riesling Frédéric Emile (Trimbach)
8. 2014 Pinot Gris Zellberg (Ostertag)   
9. 2008 Gewurz. G.Cru Rangen (Z.Humbrecht)
10. 2005 Gewurz. Furstentum V.T. (Weinbach)

Evening 2


1. 2010 Pouilly Fumé (Ch. de Tracy)
2. 2008 Sancerre Les Culs de Beaujeu (Cotat)
3. 2015 Dourthe La Grand Cuvée Sauvignon
4. 2012 Smith-Haut-Lafitte; Pessac-Léognan

5. 2009 Savennières Clos du Papillon (Baumard)
6. 1988 Vouvray Moelleux  (Huet)

7. 2005 Ch. de Fèsles Bonnezeaux
8. 2001 Ch. de Fargues; Sauternes

Evening 3


1. 2004 Roc de Cambes; Côtes de Bourg  
2. 2004 Ch. Canon La Gaffelière; St Emilion
3. 2000 Ch. Latour à Pomerol; Pomerol
5. BLIND                   
6. 2006 Ch. d'Issan; Margaux
7. 2001 Pontet-Canet; Pauillac 
8. 1989 Pape-Clément; Cru Classé Graves 

Evening 4


1. 2009 Ch.Neuf du Pape Blanc (Beaucastel) 

2. Condrieu La Doriane (Guigal)
3. 2010 Coud. de Beaucastel (C. du Rhône)
4. 2001 Pegau Reserve (Ch-neuf-du-Pape)
5. 2010 Crozes-Hermitage (Graillot)
6. 2010  Cornas Les Ruchets (Jean-Luc Colombo)
7. 2001 Côte Rôtie (Clusel Roch)  
8. 2001 Hermitage (Chave)

Evening 5


1. 2014 Chablis (William Fèvre)
2. 2014 Chablis 1er Mtée de Tonnerre (W.Fèvre)
3. 2008 Chablis Grand Cru Valmur (W.Fèvre)
4. 2012 Bourgogne (Dominic Lafon)
5. 2014 Puligny-Montrachet (Olivier Leflaive)
6. 2008 Meursault (Darviot Perrin)
7. 2008 Chass-Montr. 1er Caillerets (JN Gagnard)
8. 2008 Bât.Montrachet, Grand Cru (JN Gagnard)

Evening 6


1. 2014 Fleurie La Madone (Aviron)  
2. 2009 Bourgogne (Camille Giroud)
3. 2004 Volnay 1er Cru Champans (de Montille)    
6. 2004 Vosne-Romanée Aux Reas (A.-F. Gros)
7. 2002 Chamb. Musigny 1er Cru Combe d'Orveaux (Bruno Clavelier)
8. 2000 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru (Drouhin Laroze)