Fine Wine Course 1: Champagne & Alsace

22nd Jan 2014 6:30pm to 8:30pm

This is a look at Champagne 's quality hierarchy , at the qualitative difference between non-vintage and vintage wines that is (from two first rate years), and at the difference in style between pure Chardonnay, and the Pinot Noir / Pinot Meunier / Chardonnay blends. We will see how Grand Cru (Henri Guiraud's Hommage ) and Luxury Cuvées (Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque ) represent the pinnacle of Champagne quality; and the Belle Epoque, approaching its   eighteenth birthday, will show why it is worth laying down and ageing Champagne.

We will view Alsace through the very contrasting styles of its two noblest grape varieties, Riesling and Gewurztraminer; tasting them from two fine vintages in early maturity, and finishing up with two great wines illustrating the sweeter end of the region's wide stylistic spectrum. The four producers here, Trimbach, Hugel, Zind Humbrecht and Domaine Weinbach, are amongst the region's finest.

There is a basic Facts and Figures sheet for each region.

 

NV Pol Roger Brut Reserve

 

NV Henri Guiraud Hommage Grand Cru

 

2004 Louis Roederer Blanc de Chardonnay

 

2004 Bollinger La Grande Année

 

1996 Perrier-Jouët La Belle Epoque

 

2008 Riesling Reserve (Trimbach)

 

2005 Riesling Jubilee (Hugel)

 

2005 Gewurz. S. de Ribeaupierre (Trimbach)

 

2008 Gewurz. G.Cru Hengst (Zind Humbrecht)

 

2005 Gewurz. G.Cru Furstentum V.T. (Weinbach)

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10 Wines, plus Canapés ...... £98

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