Friday, 12 April 2013

The Portfolio Masterclass Line-up

Posted by Justerini & Brooks
As the countdown begins to our portfolio tasting at Somerset House in less than two weeks time, on the 25th April, final preparations are excitedly being put in place. The list of wines on show is stellar and includes prestigious flights of 2010 Bordeaux, 2007 Barolo and 2008 Burgundy. We have strong relationships with the world’s greatest wine producers but something we are equally proud of is the huge effort we put into unearthing hidden winemaking talent, the next big stars of the wine world. They can hail from anywhere, the more traditional wine regions or a further-flung corner of the world, and be working with a myriad of different grape varieties but what they will share in common is their commitment to making unique, beautiful, artisan wines of balance and drinkability. Do not miss out on our discoveries room where many of these gems will be. Among them are wines from two of our newest producers, Baden’s Bernhard Huber and the Loire’s Thibaud Boudignon.

During the tasting we will be holding master classes given by three truly iconic wine estates: JJ Prüm from the Mosel, Piedmont’s Roberto Voerzio and Cote Rotie legend René Rostaing, see the line-up below.

6.00pm: Dr. Katharina Prüm from JJ Prüm

Prüm is without doubt one of the Mosel’s, if not the whole of Germany’s, most revered and respected Estates. It is also amongst the most enigmatic as no-one has yet made it down to his mysterious cellars - all the more reason to look forward to the bottles on offer in our Portfolio Masterclass. In the Sonnenuhr of Wehlen the Prüms own a portion of one of the Mittel Mosel’s top vineyards - its steep south-facing dark slate slopes tending to result in deeply flavoured, mineral yet rich and smoky wines. In addition, he manipulates some plots in the next door Himmelreich of Graacher which produces engaging wines with fresh acidities that are slightly softer and earlier maturing. Our Portfolio Masterclass aims to shine a spotlight on these two great terroirs while examining the various vintages from one of the great German Winemakers.

7.00pm: Davide Voerzio from Roberto Voerzio

This masterclass will be an exploration of the top vineyards in Barolo’s famous La Morra commune with Davide Voerzio from Roberto Voerzio, one of Piedmont’s pioneering and most highly-acclaimed wine estates.

8.00pm: René Rostaing

One of the great names of the Northern Rhone, René Rostaing believes in producing intense, refined Côte Rôtie that is as true to terroir and the Syrah grape variety as possible. Partial whole bunch fermentation is employed and the wines are reared in large demi-muid casks with very little new oak. René will be taking us through his single vineyard and blended Côte Rôties.

Unfortunately space is very limited for each of the masterclasses and we will have to allocate places on a first come first served basis during the evening, so please do not be too disappointed if you miss out.

Numbers have to be capped for this event and only the last few tickets now remain, so if you wish to attend we would urge you to get in touch with us as soon as possible. Please contact our main office on +44 (0) 207 484 6400, or email to secure yours.

Date: Thursday 25th April 2013, from 5pm till 9pm
Location: The Portico & Navy Board Rooms, Somerset House, London
Tickets: £40 per person or £70 for a pair