2002 vs 2008 Masterclass with Essi Avellan MW - 23/10/2019

Tickets limited to 12
£245.00 - 11 remaining
Description & Technical Information
Wednesday 23rd October 2019 19:00 until 21.00
67 Pall Mall , Marlborough Room, London, SW1Y 5ES
Presenter: Essi Avellan MW
Places are limited to 12 people 2002vs2008-masterclass

Join us for a 2002 vs 2008 champagne masterclass hosted by the queen of effervescence, Essi Avellan MW. Essi will be guiding us through a range of vintage and prestige cuvée champagnes from six different houses. As more and more spectacular champagnes from 2008 are released, our fascination with the "two best vintages of the century" has steadily increased.

In 2017, we conducted a blind tasting comparison of 23 vintage champagnes from 2002 and 2008 with Jancis Robinson MW. Scoring from this event showed how remarkably close these vintages are in terms of superior quality, with the 2002s just about topping the scoreboard. Since then, there has been a plethora of 2008 releases, including Bollinger La Grande Année, Dom Pérignon and Louis Roederer Cristal, warranting a rematch with the best that 2008 has to offer.

The tasting will take place in the Lutyens Room at 67 Pall Mall, in an informal but seated arrangement with the champagnes brought to the table. We will taste blind and guests will have the opportunity to use our live scoring smartphone app. There will also be plenty of time for a roundtable discussion.

Champagnes to be tasted:
Essi Avellan MW
Bollinger La Grande Année 2002 vs 2008 75cl
Dom Pérignon 2002 vs 2008 75cl
Laurent-Perrier 2002 vs 2008 75cl
Louis Roederer Cristal 2002 vs 2008 75cl
Palmer & Co 2002 vs 2008 1.5L
Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 2002 vs 2008 75cl

Essi Avellan MW - The tasting will be presented by Essi, who just last year completed her comprehensive book on Champagne. Finland’s first Master of Wine, Essi is the author of several wine books and is a reputed wine judge for the Champagne & Sparkling World Wine Championships. Currently Essi is re-writing Tom Stevenson's Wine Encyclopedia. Read about Essi Avellan's Champagne book here.

The venue 67 Pall Mall - Founded by wine lovers, for wine lovers, 67 Pall Mall is a unique private members' club. In the heart of historic St James's, Sir Edwin Lutyens' magnificent building is being transformed into a luxurious, convivial and welcoming clubhouse. Here, members will be able to enjoy access to some of the finest and rarest wines in the world, direct from the Club's extensive cellars.

Tickets are available on a first come first served basis to 12 guests at £225.00 per person.