Champagne Master Tasting

Champagne Master Tasting

THE CHANGING WORLD OF CHAMPAGNE

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7TH FROM 9:00 AM TO 11:30 AM

SESSION DESCRIPTION: 

The world of champagne is changing. The traditional platforms of authenticity, prestige and natural winemaking styles are being used to promote the region, but they are also modifying how the region views itself. What is on the horizon? New styles of champagne, new markets for champagne and a rediscovery of the beauty of Pinot Meunier. But that’s not all! The roles of cooperatives are shifting, dynamic vignerons and owners from outside the region are making their marks and the Champagne Viticole is restructuring. In this presentation, we will ride the wave of change with an illustrative tasting of 21st century bottlings that capture a region in transition.

SPEAKER BIO: STEVE CHARTERS, MASTER OF WINE

Steve Charters originally qualified as a lawyer in the UK – but was seduced by the allure of wine, and worked in retail and wine education in London, Sydney and Perth. Steve is now Director of Research in the School of Wine and Spirits Business at Burgundy School of Business/ESC Dijon. From 2007-13 he was Professor of Champagne Management at Reims Management School, responsible for developing teaching and research programmes focusing on all aspects of the business of Champagne.

He formerly lectured in Wine Studies and Marketing at Edith Cowan University in Perth. He is involved in research focusing on consumer behaviour,including wine tourism and consumer perceptions of quality in wine and on management expertise in the wine industry. He gained his PhD from Edith Cowan University in 2004, for a thesis entitled ‘Perceptions of Wine Quality’. He is a member of the Institute of Masters of Wine having passed its examination in 1997. Before joining Edith Cowan University Steve ran his own wine education consultancy in Sydney.

He has also worked in wine retail in Sydney, for a company involved in importing wine. In 1997 Steve was the winner of the Australian Vin de Champagne Award (professional section). He has wide and current knowledge of a number international wine areas, but focusing mainly on Champagne and Australia. He has also worked for a vintage on a winery in France. Steve has written columns for the Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine. He is author of ‘Wine and society: The social and cultural context of a drink’, published by Elsevier in 2006 and has also contributed to a number of popular books on wine – including The Oxford Companion to Wine (OUP, 2006), ‘Discovering Australia: Wineries’ (Random House 1999) and ‘The Global Encyclopedia of Wine’ (Global Publishing, 2000).

WINES FEATURED FOR THIS MASTER TASTING:

  • Pierre Paillard, Coteaux Champenois, Bouzy Rouge, 2008
  • Tarlant, BAM, NV
  • Benoit Lahaye, Brut Essentiel, NV
  • Barnaut, Rosé Authentique, NV
  • Laurent-Perrier, Grand Siècle
  • Pol Roger, Pure, NV
  • Henri Giraud, Cuvee MV 07, NV
  • Pommery, POP, NV
  • Moutardier, Pure Meunier, NV
  • Palmer, Blanc de Blancs Vintage, 2010
  • Alexandre Penet, Penet-Chardonnet Grand Cru Terroir Escence, NV
  • Veuve Clicquot, Brut Yellow Label, NV
  • Taittinger, Brut Millésimé, 2008
  • Jacques Lassaigne, Vignes de Montgueux Brut Blanc de Blancs, NV
  • Jacquesson, Avize Champ Caïn, 2004

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