Individual Evenings are available for £110 each.
NEXT COURSE DATES
Wednesdays: Jan 31; Feb 7, 14, 21, 28; Mar 7 2018
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 2017 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.
The main thing is to enjoy a wide range of fine French wine!
LOIRE & BORDEAUX – WHITE
RED BORDEAUX – CLARET
RHÔNE, NORTH & SOUTH
Tasting: Revision of Tasting Technique
Tasting: Note-taking, general principles; acidity.
Tasting: Detailed anatomy of notemaking; tannin and texture.
Tasting: ‘aroma’ versus ‘bouquet’, notions of ‘maturity’ & ‘readiness’
Tasting: Style versus quality.
Tasting: Blind tasting; description versus assessment.