Highlights: Bordeaux Fine Wine Encounter 2017
On Saturday 25th March 2017, Decanter hosted the Bordeaux Fine Wine Encounter at the Landmark hotel in London. See photos from the event, which included a host of top wines spanning three decades.
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Thanks to all of the producers and partners who helped to make it a great day, including Riedel, WaterAid, Arblaster & Clarke, Tray Gourmet, Spiral Cellars, The Cocoa Runners, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and Oz Clarke.
A full house for the first masterclass of the day: Château Montrose.
Hervé Berland, CEO of Château Montrose, and Sarah Kemp, Decanter managing director, in the first masterclass.
The Montrose vintages ranged from 1975 to 2011, including the legendary 1982 vintage and also the 1986 - a highly rated year at this estate.
Sauternes wines, including vintages from the 1990s, prove popular with guests.
The event was kindly sponsored by Riedel, who supplied the glasses for the day. Here is one guest heeding advice from retired Decanter columnist Michael Broadbent; 'take a note on every wine you taste,' he implored.
The second masterclass of the day was Château Léoville Las Cases, and wines included Le Petit Lion du Marquis de Las Cases, Clos du Marquis and Ch. Léoville Las Cases.
Pierre Grafeuille, director of Château Léoville Las Cases, took the second masterclass of the day. He recommended the 2004 Léoville Las Cases to enjoy with a Sunday roast.
The grand tasting gave guests a chance to speak to wine producers.
The survival guide: This handy book prepared by the Decanter team helped guests to navigate their way around the room.
Oz Clarke signed copies of his book, and chatted to guests about Bordeaux.
Producers brought Bordeaux vintages from 1990s, 2000s and 2010s.
There were over 250 wines to try in the grand tasting.
Decanter's Bordeaux correspondent and sole Bordeaux en primeur taster, Jane Anson, moderated the final masterclass of the day, 'Discover the essence of Pomerol.'
Jane Anson described Pomerol as the 'small jewel of Bordeaux'. Vintages in the masterclass ranged from 1998 to 2012, from a range of top producers.
A masterclass is a great chance to hone your tasting skills, by tasting wines side-by-side with some expert guidance.
So why not join us for the next Encounter: featuring great wines of the Mediterranean and hidden gems of the Balkans. You can buy tickets here.