The Decanter French Fine Wine Encounter, A Photo Essay

We were invited to attend a Decanter French Fine Wine Encounter on Saturday, February 24th 2007 in London. It was an opportunity to taste some of the best French wines in the world and talk about them with the producers. Blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec teased our taste buds throughout the day. decanterfn9.jpg

The halls at the Landmark Hotel in central London were lined with literally hundreds of stands offering up different blends and vintages. Languedoc , Rhone, Bordeaux, Côtes du Rhône, Burgundy, Champagne they were all well represented. The event included special masterclasses where verticals from vineyards like Chateau Palmer were tasted. Find more in the next print issue of Sommelier India
The tastings including a Pichon Lalande 1975 and Angelus 1998. They were introduced by Gildas d’Ollone, managing director of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande and Hübert de Bouard, owner of Château Angélus.
Andrew Jefford presented his his favourite rising stars from the French wine scene. These included:
# Château du Hureau, Cuvée Lisagathe 2003 en Magnum
# Champagne Philipponnat, Champagne Philipponnat Clos des Goisses
# Domaine Rimbert, Le Chant de Marjolaine 2004
# Domaine Tour des Gendres, Moulin des Dames 2004
# Domaine Baumard, Clos du Papillon ou Trie Special 1997
# Tardieu-Laurent, Châteauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes 2004
# Seppi-Lendmann, Sylvaner Cuvée Z 2005
# Domaine Cahaupé, Quintessence du Petit Manseng 1999
# La Cave de l’Abbé Rous, Helyos Banyuls 2002
# Maison Bouchard Père et Fils, Beaune Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jésus 1er cru 2003
# Vignobles Brumont, Montus La Tyre 2001
# Chateau Jean Pierre Gaussen, Bandol 2001
View the full list of producers that took part.

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