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Masterclass 2014

Discover fine wines from all over the world with some of the most respected wine critics: Jancis Robinson, Bernard Burtschy, and Ian D’Agata. Focused on unique subjects that interest wine lovers most, all three masterclasses provide once-in-a-life tasting and learning experience led by the most knowledgeable wine experts of the world. Book your tickets today!

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  • Ian D'Agata

    Native Wine Grapes of Italy and Their Best Winemakers

    Speaker: Ian D’Agata
    Language: English, with translation to Chinese
    Time: March 9th, 16:30 – 18:30
    Place: Mandarin Oriental Hotel (Grand Ballroom), No.111 Pudong South Rd, Pudong, Shanghai, China

    A recipient of “Best Italian Wine” Award of Grandi Cru d’Italia in 2012, Ian D’Agata is a deeply passionate Italian wine expert. A native French and English (not to mention Italian) speaker, he writes for Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, chairs Decanter’s DWWA Italian tasting panel, and shoulders the role as Vinitaly’s technical director. For the past 25 years, he has been writing and giving lecture to wine amateurs around the world in order to deepen their understanding and appreciation of wine.

    It is crucial that a wine critic awards outstanding wines, but it takes love and passion to find potential in obscure ones. This sense of responsibility and professionalism helps uncover wine that is far from the limelight, lost to the untrained eye. Based on his latest masterpiece “Native Wine Grapes of Italy”, Ian D’Agata will showcase an outstanding array of 12 wines examplying native varietals that were encountered during his endless travels and studies over the years. Call it a feast of the senses or a collision of philosophies, but it is no doubt eye opening for either a wine novice or an Italian fine wine connoisseur. An Italian wine expert’s efforts over the past few decades will prove eloquently that hidden beauties are yet to be unveiled.

    • Tasting List (Click to show)

      1. Best Verdicchio of Italy
      Sartarelli Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi White, Marche 2012
      2. Best Pecorino White of Italy
      Cataldi Madonna Pecorino White, Abruzzo 2013
      3. Best Soave of Italy
      Pieropan La Rocca Soave Classico White, Veneto 2011
      4. One of Italy’s Top 10 Rising Stars
      Tiberio, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Red, Abruzzo 2011
      5. Best Chianti Classico Riserva of Italy
      Felsina Berardenga Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva,Tuscany 2007
      6. One of the best examples of elegant Brunello
      Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany 2008
      7. One of the best examples of middle body Brunello
      Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany 2008
      8. One of the best examples of rich body Brunello
      Col d’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio al Vento, Tuscany 2004
      9. Best Barbaresco of Italy
      Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco, Piedmont 2006
      10. The family that created Barolo
      Marchesi di Barolo, Barolo, Piedmont 2007
      11. The current best Nero d’Avola of Italy
      Gulfi Gulfi Nerojbleo Nero d’Avola, Sicily 2009
      12. One of the top sweet wines of Italy 2010
      Donnafugata Ben Ryé Passito di Pantelleria, Sicily 2010
  • Bernard Burtschy

    2000 – 2010: The Golden Decade of Grands Crus Classés en 1855 de Bordeaux

    Speaker: Bernard Burtschy
    Language: French, with translation to Chinese
    Date: March 9th, 2014 from 13:30 to 15:30
    Place: Mandarin Oriental Hotel (Grand Ballroom), No.111 Pudong South Rd, Pudong, Shanghai, China

    Bernard Burtschy is the president of French wine press association (APV), famous wine critic, wine expert at Le Figaro and Figaro Magazine, founder of «Avis du Vin », the online wine review of Le Figaro Group, and permanent member of Grand Jury Européen. Presenting a tremendous line-up of 13 top classified growth wines in the 1855 classification (among them, 3 first growth, 4 second growth, 2 third growth, 1 forth growth and 3 fifth growth), Bernard will share what he has discovered over the years, tasting numerous wines and covering indefatiguably the world’s fine wine epicenter. This tasting is supported by our partner, Grands Crus Classés en 1855, and will be the first time ever that two first growths (Château Haut-Brion and Mouton-Rothschild) officially present their wines at one tasting in China.

    ​Bordeaux has witnessed a period of splendor during the decade 2000-2010, unseen for the past few hundred years. A decade boasting several “Vintages of the Century” that even some winemakers themselves have never gone through once in their careers. How does the “Golden Decade” manifest itself in the various terroirs and within different chateaux of Bordeaux? How should the consumers understand and appreciate the outdated yet still authoritative guidance given by the 1855 classification? Hosted by Bernard Burtschy, this long awaited Bordeaux classified growth tasting in 2014 will answer these questions for the first time.

    • Tasting List (Click to show)

      1. Château Lagrange, Saint-Julien 2000, Third Growth
      2. Château Lynch Moussas, Pauillac 2003, Fifth Growth
      3. Château Batailley, Pauillac 2004, Fifth Growth
      4. Château Rauzan-Segla 2004, Margaux, Second Growth
      5. Château Palmer, Margaux 2008, Third Growth
      6. Château Marquis de Terme, Margaux 2008, Forth Growth
      7. Château Léoville-Poyferré, Saint-Julien 2008, Second Growth
      8. Château Cantemerle, Pauillac 2008, Fifth Growth
      9. Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, Pauillac 2008, Second Growth
      10. Château Cos d’Estournel, Saint-Estèphe 2008, Second Growth
      11. Château Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan 2009, First Growth
      12. Château Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac 2010, First Growth
      13. Château d’Yquem, Sauternes 2007, First Growth
  • Jancis Robinson

    The Evolution of World Wine Styles

    Speaker: Jancis Robinson MW
    Language: English, with translation to Chinese
    Date: March 9th, 2014 from 09:00 to 11:00
    Place: Mandarin Oriental Hotel (Grand Ballroom), No.111 Pudong South Rd, Pudong, Shanghai, China

    Jancis Robinson, OBE, world famous wine critic, the first person outside the wine trade to become a Master of Wine and honorary ex-president of WSET. She is also wine columnist of Financial Times, editor of the famous “Oxford Wine Companion”, and co-author (with Hugh Johnson )of The World Atlas of Wine and The Wine Grapes. These books have long been regarded as the standard reference books around the world. She was also appointed as the Queen’s wine cellar consultant.

    No one can better illustrate a theme so grand as “The Evolution of world wine styles” than Jancis Robinson. For the masterclass, her only visit to China in 2014, she has carefully selected from around the world 11 distinctive wines from the most important wine production countries. Some historical domains were founded four or five hundred years ago, while others only catching the world’s attention for the past few decades. Tasting the classic style in the New World and the modern style in the old, a truly passionate wine lover cannot miss such an opportunity to discuss with the world wine master, the style of wine in its past, at present and in the future.

    • Tasting List (Click to show)

      1. Trimbach Clos Sainte-Hune Riesling, Alsace, France 2007
      2. Weingut Rudolf Fürst Centgrafenberg Frühburgunder, Franken, Germany 2007
      3. Benjamin Leroux Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Champeaux “, Bourgogne, France 2011
      4. Felton Road Block 5 Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand 2012
      5. Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, USA 2010
      6. P+S Prats & Symington Chryseia, Douro, Portugal 2008
      7. Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz, Eden Valley, Australia 2009
      8. Dominio de Pingus Flor De Pingus, Ribera del Duero, Spain 2010
      9. Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Crus Classés de Graves, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux, France 2010
      10. Weingut Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese, Mosel, Germany 2012
      11. Chateau Guiraud, 1er Grand Cru Classé Sauternes, Bordeaux, France 2001