“The vintage vertical (where a series of vintages from the same house are tasted in reverse chronological order) has long been a tool of the wine trade, but in the wider world this more cerebral approach to champagne tasting in particular is a new thing, says Sothebyâ€™s international wine specialistÂ Serena Sutcliffe.
This year also sees the launch of a dazzling series of vintage champagne tastings organised by The Finest Bubble. Established in 2014 by wine industry veteran Nick Baker as a retailer of prestige cuvĂ©es (delivered the same day, if you are in London), The Finest Bubble was the company behind one of the most talked-about tastings of last year, which saw members ofÂ Mayfairâ€™s new wine club 67 Pall MallÂ taste six vintage prestige cuvĂ©esÂ by bottle and magnum under the tutelage ofÂ FTÂ wine expert Jancis Robinson.
And The Finest Bubbleâ€™s 2016 programme is no less ambitious, with extensive vertical tastings of Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill (June 29, tickets ÂŁ350) and Dom PĂ©rignon (towards the end of the year), as well as at least one â€śhorizontalâ€ť of 13 prestige cuvĂ©es from 2002 (October 6, ÂŁ475), includingÂ the long-awaited and ravishing Krug 2002, launched in February â€“ all hosted by wine industry luminaries.
When speaking to Xavier Rousset, he suggests that certain prestigeÂ cuvĂ©esÂ deserve praise. They are Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill (â€śstunning, everything we love in the tradeâ€ť), Charles Heidsieck, Gosset Celebris andÂ Dom Ruinart.”
Dom PĂ©rignon six vintage vertical – conduct your own tasting with this great offer here.Â
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne six vintage vertical – buy tickets here.
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