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Champagne Tasting Event: How Well Does Champagne Age? - 02/10/2019
Two Ticket Price
Places are limited to 56 people, order tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Wednesday 2nd October 2019 | Aperitif 18:30 | Tasting 19:00-21:30
Presenter: Jancis Robinson MW
Location: 67 Pall Mall
The theme for our standout champagne tasting of the year is 'Something Old, Something New'. To highlight just how gracefully prestige champagne can age when stored under perfect conditions, we'll be comparing the latest prestige cuvée release from ten major Champagne houses with a much older vintage of the same champagne.
This exceedingly rare opportunity to taste current releases alongside older vintages will showcase both the outstanding ageing potential of these fine cuvées and just how superbly the current releases (many of which are from the remarkable vintage 2008) are drinking at such an early age.
The ten pairs of champagnes span 23 years and include 13 different vintages. With a few exceptions, the older vintage champagnes are now impossible to purchase with proven provenance. Indeed, our task of securing many of these champagnes was incredibly difficult; most of the older vintages were sourced directly from the cellars of the respective Maison and we are extremely privileged to be able to taste them at this event.
Further enhancing the eminence and rarity of this event, many of the older vintages will be served from magnum, including Bollinger R.D. 1988, Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 1998 and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1998 - one of just ten remaining magnums in the world.
The world's leading wine critic, Jancis Robinson MW, will be guiding guests through the experience, sharing her expert insights into these stunning vintages and champagnes.
20 Champagnes to taste:
|Bollinger R.D||1988 1.5L||vs||2004 75cl|
|Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires||1983 75cl||vs||2004 75cl|
|Dom Pérignon||P2 1993 75cl||vs||2008 75cl|
|Krug||1995 1.5L||vs||2004 75cl|
|Laurent-Perrier Grande Siècle||Iteration 17 1.5L||vs||Iteration 22 1.5L|
|Louis Roederer Cristal||Late Release 2002 75cl||vs||2008 75cl|
|Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill||1998 1.5L||vs||2008 75cl|
|Piper-Heidsieck Rare||1998 1.5L||vs||2006 75cl*|
|Taittinger Comtes de Champagne||1998 1.5L||vs||2007 75cl|
|Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame||1989 75cl||vs||2008 75cl|
* Exclusive Pre-Release Preview of the forthcoming Rare 2006 the follow on to Rare 2002
The handpicked selection of champagnes will be tasted in pairs. The brand will be revealed, but the vintage identity will be kept secret. Guests will be able to rate each champagne using our live scoring app on a phone or tablet. Voting and scoring stats will be presented and discussed throughout the evening and a prize will be awarded to the guest who manages to correctly identify the most champagnes.
Jancis Robinson MW: Described by Decanter magazine as ‘the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world’, Jancis writes daily for JancisRobinson.com (voted first ever Wine Website of the Year) and weekly for The Financial Times. She is also editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine, an award-winning TV presenter and global wine judge. In 1984 she was the first person outside of the wine trade to pass the rigorous Master of Wine exams and in 2003 she was awarded an OBE.
The venue will be 67 Pall Mall (St James’s, London, SW1Y 5ES). Founded by wine lovers for wine lovers, this unique private members' club in the heart of historic St James's is both luxurious and welcoming, affording members 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 32 guests at £395.00 per person.