Wine event of the year    






                                  The 2000 Decanter:

                          Fine Wine Encounter


                                    The Wine Event of the Year!


Master classes:

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Saturday 18th November


10.00 am Domaine Bonneau du Martray


Jean‑Charles le Bault do la Morinière the owner, chairman and winemaker of this much loved Burgundy house renowned for its exquisite Bonneau du Martray Corton- Charlemagne will present a vertical tasting of this legendary white wine. Also on offer will be the chance to taste Le Corton, the red wine produced by this estate.


12.45 pm Champagne Bollinger


Join the president of Champagne Bollinger Ghislain do Montgolfier to indulge in the

pleasure of tasting a range of the inimitably Styled Bollinger. This Master class will include the Bollinger Special Cuvée, different vintages of Grande Année, including the latest vintage 1992, and a range of vintages of Bollinger RD.


3.30 pm Amarone sensations


Britain's foremost Italian wine expert, David Gleave MW, guides us through the exciting and often controversial Italian World of top quality Amarone. Once a rustic wine of quirky individual character, Amarone has shot up in price, prestige and duality over the last couple of years to rival Italy's best from anywhere else in the peninsula. So join the Italian cognoscenti to discover why Super Premium Amarone is now all the rage.


Sunday 19th November


10.00 am Grange and its siblings

Having been cited as the only first growth of the southern hemisphere, Penfolds flagship wine Grange is considered by many to be Australia's finest wine. With bottles having fetched enormous sums at auction, this Masterclass is an affordable way to taste this world‑class wine. Under the Guidance of Toni Paterson you will discover a range of Grange's shiraz based wines from this legendary estate as well as other wines from the Penfold range including the acclaimed newly released Penfolds RWT Shiraz and the well‑known Bin 707, all of which have built such a strong international image for Australian wine.



12.45 pm

Château Cos d'Estournel and Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Claret lovers have a treat in store when two of the great châteaux of Bordeaux join forces to bring you this fabulous Masterclass. Gildas d'Ollone of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande and Jean‑Guillaume Prats of Château Cos d'Estournel will present a vertical tasting of these world fatuous châteaux with vintages going back into the early '80s.


3.30 pm Stars of the Rhône


Jean‑Luc Colombo, together with 15 elite Rhône wine producers, has created a dynamic new association Rhône Vignobles.            Alongside Hubert Valeyer and Jean‑Michel Gerin, he will guide you through the wines from these fabulous vineyards from the Syrah dominated appellations of the northern Rhône Valley to the more varied appellations of Chateauneuf‑du‑Pape, Côtes du Rhône, Côteaux d'Aix en Provence and Roussillon in the south.



Vintage Dinner

Saturday 18th November


What better way to start a purely indulgent evening than with the 1994 cuvée Cristal, the jewel in the Louis Roederer crown introduced by Frédéric Rouzaud of this great Champagne house? As guests are seated for dinner they will be treated to one of Alsace's best, Josmeryer's Tokay Pivot Gris "Fondation" 1996, Vieilles Vignes presented by Christopher Ehrhart.

Introduced by Gildas d'Ollone will follow Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1994, a wine renowned for its finesse and elegance. We arc delighted this year to welcome as our Guest of Honour, Decanter's Current Man of the Year Paul Draper, of Ridge Vineyards, who will present his cult Californian Wine Monte Bello 1991. To an accompany pudding, Bérénice Lurton will present the delectable Sauternes, Château Climens 1985, and Maurice Hennessey will round the off the meal perfectly with Hennessey XO.



Those having attended a Fine Wine Encounter in the past will already know that

this is the wine event of the year. With 100 of the world's top wine producers flying in from all parts of the globe, this is a unique opportunity to tour the vineyards of the world in one weekend.

Meet the producers, learn about their winemaking methods but most importantly taste their wines. Both dedicated attendees of the event and wine‑lovers attending for the first time will not fail to be stunned by the dazzling array of world‑class wines on offer.

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