Masterclasses at the Slow Wine Fair – Six unmissable experiences for wine professionals

12 January 2022

The Slow Wine Fair Masterclasses for industry professionals are now available to purchase online!

On March 28 and 29, 2022, importers, distributors, restaurateurs, sommeliers, merchants and journalists can take part in six exclusive tasting sessions where we’ll taste prestigious bottles from iconic Domaines, Maisons, Châteaux and Weingüter.

The Slow Wine Fair Masterclasses feature prominent, knowledgeable speakers and have been designed in collaboration with Società Excellence, shining a spotlight on wineries imported by the 18 member-distributors.

The speakers

The speakers at the Masterclasses connoisseurs of the wine regions we’re exploring:

  • Armando Castagno, one of the most experienced communicators of the wines of Burgundy and beyond, presents the Premier Crus of Meursault and Nuits-Saint-Georges as well as the Deuxième Crus of Bordeaux on March 28.
  • Alberto Lupetti is a noted opinion leader on Champagne, and guides us on a journey among some of the finest maisons.
  • Gianni Fabrizio, long-time editor of the Gambero Rosso wine guide, presents some of the most representative producers of the Morey-Saint-Denis appellation.
  • Jonathan Gebser, vice-curator of Slow Wine and expert on German wine,  guides a tasting of some of the finest interpretations of Riesling.

Over the coming days and weeks we’ll publish interviews with the speakers to learn more about the wineries and bottles selected.

The Masterclasses and the wines

In order to attend the Masterclasses, you need to have a ticket for the Slow Wine Fair, available now.

March 28 – The Premier Crus of Burgundy and the Deuxième Crus of Bordeaux

Masterclass Slow Wine Fair Burgundy
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Meursault: The Premier Crus – 11 a.m.

Meursault is one of the villages of the Côte de Beaune, between Volnay and Puligny Montrachet. During this tasting we’ll propose some of the best-suited terroir as translated by some of the finest local vignerons.

  • Roger Belland, Meursault Premier Cru Santenots  2018 – Imported by Bolis
  • Jean Monniere et Fils, Meursault Premier Cru Charmes 2018 – Imported by Première Divinport
  • Comtes Lafon, Meursault Premier Cru Gouttes d’Or 2018 – Imported by Cuzziol GrandiVini
  • Bitouzet-Prieur, Meursault Premier Cru Les Perrieres 2018 – Imported by Ghilardi
  • Vincent Girardin, Meursault Premier Cru Genevrières 2018 – Imported by Cuzziol GrandiVini
  • Ballot Millot et Fils, Meursault Premier Cru Bouchères 2017 – Imported by Pellegrini

Bordeaux: the Deuxième Crus – 2 p.m.

The scenario of this masterclass regards the second growth (deuxiéme cru) vineyards of the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. In this masterclass we offer you a tasting of the different accents that the terroirs of Bordeaux imprint on their respective wines, from those châteaux whose vineyards represent the penultimate summit of the appellation.

Nuits-Saint-Georges: The Premier Crus – 4.30 p.m.

Situated halfway between Beaune and Dijon, Nuits-Saint-George is the beginning or the end – depending on your point of view – of the Côte-de-Nuits. We’re in the heartland of Pinot Noir, where there’s an impressive list of parcels classified as Premier Cru: there are 41 in total.

  • Dufouleur Freres, Nuits St. Georges Premier Cru Les Poulettes 2018 – Imported by Proposta Vini
  • Dominique Laurent, Nuits St. Georges Premier Cru Les Damodes 2018 – Imported by Sarzi Amadé
  • Domaine Chicotot, Nuits St. Georges Premier Cru Les Vaucrains 2017 – Imported by Teatro del Vino
  • Domaine Faiveley, Nuits St. Georges Premier Cru Les Porets Saint-Georges 2019 – Imported by Sagna
  • Philippe Pacalet, Nuits St.Georges Premier Cru Aux Argillas 2018 – Imported by Balan
  • De Saulx, Nuits St.Georges Premier Cru Les Murgers 2018 – Imported by AGB

March 29 – From Champagne to Morey-Saint-Denis and German Riesling

Champagne vines, ph. Pannier

Champagne: Cuvée de Prestige – 10.30 a.m.

The Cuvée de Prestige are the peak of Champagne production. The common denominator of these labels is that they are made from the finest grapes of each Maison and with a long, sometimes very long period of rest on lees before disgorgement.

  • Louis Roederer, Cristal Brut 2013 –Imported by Sagna
  • Pannier, Egérie Extra Brut 2012 – Imported by PWS
  • Paul Bara, Comtesse Marie de France 2010 – Imported by Bolis
  • De Venoge, Louis XV Brut 2012 – Imported by Premiere
  • Marguet, Sapience Brut Nature 2011 – Imported by Caves de Pyrene
  • Leclerc-Briant, Les Clos des Trois Clochers Premier Cru Dosage Zero 2015 – Imported by AGB
  • Jeaunaux Robin, Les Grands Nots – Imported by Vitevini

Journey to Morey-Saint-Denis – 1 p.m.

With just 150 hectares of vines, Morey-Saint-Denis is a tiny denomination along the Côte de Nuits. But it’s also one of the most kaleidoscopic. This is because Morey-Saint-Denis boasts five Grand Crus: Clos-Saint-Denis, Clos-de-la-Roche, Clos-de-Lambrays, Clos-de-Tart and a parte of Bonnes-Mares. This excellent terroir occupies 40 hectares.

  • Domaine Arlaud, Morey-Saint-Denis 2019 – Imported by Ceretto
  • Bertagna, Clos Saint Denis Grand Cru 2018 – Imported by Pellegrini
  • Perrot-Minot, Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru La Riotte VV 2017 – Imported by Balan
  • Dujac, Clos de la Roche 2018 – Imported by Cuzziol GrandiVini
  • Louis Remy, Morey-Saint-Denis Clos des Rosieres Monopole 2018 – Imported by Teatro del Vino
  • Clos de Tart, Morey Saint Denis Premier Cru La forge de Tart 2017 – Imported by Sarzi Amadé

GG: Grosses Gewächs from Germany – 3 p.m

The majority of the Grosses Gewächs are Rieslings – the only grape variety allowed for the GG in the regions of Mosel, Nahe and Mittelrhein. Riesling is the protagonist in this masterclass: we’ll taste Rieslings from GG vineyard parcels from some of finest terroirs in Germany.

On March 28 and 29, 2022, importers, distributors, restaurateurs, sommeliers, merchants and journalists can take part in six exclusive tasting sessions where we’ll taste prestigious bottles from iconic Domaines, Maisons, Châteaux and Weingüter.

by the Slow Wine Fair team, info.eventi@slowfood.it