Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter 2018 highlights
The Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter was held at the Ritz-Carlton, Pudong on Saturday 17 November.
See photo highlights of the day below, or watch the live video here.
Grand Tasting attendees could taste over 500 wines from 107 top wineries, from 16 different countries including France, Australia, China, the US, Canada, Greece, New Zealand, Chile, Italy, Spain and many more.
Wines of Chile were this year’s featured region, where the very best Chilean wines were showcased at the event, and represented by the areas of Costa, Entre Cordilleras and Andes.
Three wine talks also took place which were hosted by the first Chinese Master Sommelier, Yang Lu. The first talk included Aurelio Montes (right), founder and head winemaker at Montes Wines, who spoke about the extremes of Chile.
The second talk took place between Yang Lu (left) and Matías Ríos (right) chief winemaker at Cono Sur Vineyards & Winery who focused on the cool climates from Chile.
The final talk in the Wine of Chile hall was about Chile and its wine-aging potential, this took place between Ynag Lu and Francisco Baettig (right), winemaker and technical director at Viña Errázuriz.
The day began with an eight vintage vertical tasting of one of Italy’s most prestigious and collectable wines, Masseto. The vintages were: 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2006, 2002 and 1998.
Axel Heinz (speaking), estate director and winemaker Elenora Marconi (middle) hosted the masterclass.
Château Léoville Las Cases was the second masterclass of the day, hosted by Florent Genty, deputy sales director (middle).
In this masterclass they showcased eight of their wines, including the château’s top estate wines; the Grand Vin, Clos du Marquis and the second wine, Petit Lion.
Decanter’s Bordeaux correspondent Jane Anson introduced Saint Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé A Château Angélus who explored three decades’ of vintages including both Le Carillon d'Angélus and the flagship Château Angélus wines.
Michel Friou, head winemaker from Almaviva (the legendary joint partnership of Baron Philippe de Rothschild S.A., and Viña Concha y Toro S.A.) presented eight outstanding vintages.
Amongst the eight wines was the first vintage of 1996, which was the first wine in Chile created under the French château concept.
Decanter's managing director Robin McMillan introduced one of Rioja’s first and most distinguished bodegas Marqués de Riscal.
The wines included the bodega's first signature wine, Barón de Chirel, and the 150 Aniversario, which celebrates the producer’s 150th anniversary and a remarkable Añadas Antiguas 1949.
There was also the opportunity to taste an array of medal-winning wines from the 2018 Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).
Visitors to the stand also had the chance to meet Alex Cumming a judge at the 2018 Decanter Asia Wine Awards.
The Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter 2018 was kindly sponsored by Riedel and Acqua Panna/S.Pellegrino.