The Young Guns of Tomorrow

It was a real eye-opener when I was asked to tutor a Champagne tasting for Warren Ellis (Neil Ellis Wines) and some of his peers (mates) in the industry. They represent Buitenverwachting, Klein Constantia, Zevenwacht, Overgaauw and Glenelly. They get together for a technical tasting, decide on a subject and then learn as mush as they can from this event. Last week I had the opportunity to present a Champagne tasting with two English sparkling wines making it an incredible line-up.

  • Ridgeview Estate (UK) Cavendish 2006
  • Camel Valley (UK) Cornwall 2006
  • Taittinger Vintage 2002
  • Moet & Chandon Vintage 2003
  • Vueve Clicquot Vintage 2002
  • Louis Roederer Crystal 2002
  • Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2000
  • Salon Vintage 1997
  • Dom Perignon 2000
  • Vueve Clicquot La Grande Dame 1998
  • Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose Selection NV

It was a memorable tasting and it was nice to give the Champagnes some time in the glass because with that little rise in temperature it exposed more layers and made them almost more complex.