Decanter hosted its first tasting for the monthly event series Taste with the Experts last month at its very own Tasting Suite in London’s Paddington.
Host Andy Howard MW guided 12 guests through an exclusive blind tasting of the Médoc Grand Cru Classé 2017, often described as a ‘forgotten vintage’ but one that produced a wonderful array of wines that are already approachable and more than deserve their place on tables and in cellars.
The event was a very special evening giving Decanter members a welcome chance to interact, learn and be inspired by our amazing wine experts.
See photo highlights from our first event below.
The final tasting of 2022 will feature the celebrated wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and will take place on Thursday 8 December at 6.30pm. Become a Premium member and get privileged access to special events like this and many more.
The first thing to catch the eye on entering was the brand new Decanter Tasting Suite. This distinctive clean space creates a controlled environment for panel tastings.
Sponsor Champagne Taittinger was on hand to keep guests’ glasses filled with Champagne during the reception.
The Champagne Taittinger reception was a delightful accompaniment to the delicious charcuterie boards around the room.
Host of the evening, Andy Howard MW, Decanter Magazine, Italian Expert and DWWA 2019 Regional Chair for Southern Italy.
Once palates were suitably warmed up, guests took their seats to begin the blind tasting of 10 from that Panel Tasting, specially selected Médoc Grand Cru Classé 2017 wines.
Decanter Magazine Editor, Amy Wislocki introduces the evening.
Guests began the tasting of Médoc Grand Cru Classé 2017.
Guests scored the wines using the 100-point scoring system and each had a laptop to input their scores.
All wines were initially tasted blind before being revealed and discussed.
The full Panel Tasting results, as featured in Decanter magazine.
It was a most enjoyable and special evening and we thoroughly look forward to the next one.