This exceptional evening will be presented by world-renowned wine expert Mr. Steven Spurrier. Often described as an international champion of French wine, Spurrier famously staged the groundbreaking Judgment of Paris event in 1976. Pitting wines from the United States against selections from France’s foremost estates, the result was that it helped give New World wines greater global recognition and it was of such importance that it has since been featured in a number of popular books and movies.
As an author, judge, wine educator and Consultant Editor of Decanter Magazine, Spurrier is a leading authority on fine wines and he considers Châteauneuf-du-Pape to be one of his greatest passions.
Since the immense vintage of 1998 - which was the best of the 1990s - and, with the exception of the rained-out 2002, Châteauneuf-du-Pape has had an unprecedented streak of annual successes. The pinnacle of this run was 2007, a year which has since been described by Robert Parker as The Vintage of the Century.
“1998 stands out as one of the great vintages of the last 30 years in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, right up there with 1978, 1989, 1990, 2000, 2001, 2005, and 2007, the last vintage [being] the greatest I have ever tasted throughout the Southern Rhône.” – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Join us as Steven leads an examination and comparison of these two incredible years via a parallel horizontal. As a treat, Steven has also, very generously, offered to bring a surprise, special example of a mature, premium Châteauneuf-du-Pape from his own personal cellar to pour for everyone at the end of the evening.
7pm Champagne & Canapés Reception
7:30pm Châteauneuf du Pape Comparison 2007 vs 1998
2007 vs 1998 Hommage à Jacques Perrin, Château de Beaucastel
2007 vs 1998 Cuvée de la Reine de la Mordorée
2007 vs 1998 Clos de Caillou, Reserve
2007 vs 1998 Vielles Vignes, Domaine Marcoux
*mystery Châteauneuf-du-Pape* from Steven Spurrier's Private Cellar