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An exploration of Prestige Champagne….

by | May 19, 2015 | Fine Wine Tastings and Dinners | 0 comments

awaits us in tonight’s Masterclass at Bacco.

Champagne-sign copyThe big Champagne houses have done a great job of brand building, but brands require consistency, achieved by blending from many areas and vintages.  Few people realise there are wines of wonderful quality and great value, made with great artistry and heritage by smaller producers.  We will be exploring the whole concept of Grand and Premier Crus, wines made from specific vineyards expressing particular characters.

We will be tasting wines from Moncuit, who have 15 hectares of Granc Cru vineyards in the Cote des Blancs, Pierre Paillard, with 11 hectares of Grand Cru vineyards in Bouzy, Geoffrey who have 14 hectares with 35 Premier Cru plots near  Cumieres, and Medot whose website charmingly describes the character of their wines as “Nicely Old Fashioned”.

Bacco have pulled out the stops with a menu comprising scallop risotto, breast of guinea fowl and chocolate and pear tart, and we also get the chance to match our Champagnes with the Langres cheese (sourced from the Teddington Cheese of course).


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“Throughout the 17 years I have attended Tim’s wine tasting events, he has continued to deliver his extensive knowledge of wine and wine-making with great charm, and lots of humour, making the evenings not only informative, but also great fun. In the course of an average year, the tastings cover a kaleidoscope of different wine themes – interesting and entertaining for all, novices and experts alike. And the wines taste pretty good too!”

“We have been going to Teddington Wine Society events for a number of years. Tim runs the evenings with bonhomie and humour and wears his considerable knowledge lightly. The evenings are great fun, the wines are always a little bit different and help to expand knowledge and tasting horizons.”

“I have attended the Richmond Wine society for over ten years and always enjoyed Tim’s self-effacing style and gentle humour. His knowledge is globally eclectic and presented in a clear, interesting and always stimulating way. Every guest I have taken there has enjoyed the evening immensely. Tim also offers a wide range of wines to buy and my red cellar has provided great pleasure to my own dinner guests.”

“I’ve been enjoying Tim’s tastings for over 20 years – he is a great teacher, raconteur and wine expert. He is seriously passionate about his wine, but there is nothing serious about his tastings, which are always informal and relaxed. A lovely way to spend an evening and enjoy some fantastic wines.”

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