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A Champagne Masterclass with Charles Philipponnat

A Champagne Masterclass with Charles Philipponnat

Wednesday 16th May 2018
by George Wilmoth

Last month Justerinis co-hosted a Champagne masterclass with Charles Philipponnat of the eponymous champagne house. 

The afternoon consisted of a superb lunch by Claude Bosi at Bibendum with perfectly paired bottles from the cellars of Philipponnat. We tried four new wines from Phillipponnat including the 2008 "1522", the 2008 Mareuil-Sur-Ay, the 2007 Clos des Goisses "Juste Rose" and the 2008 Les Cintres. All brilliant, complex and satisfying wines.

The 1522 is surprisingly fleshy and accessible but there's a taut minerality that comes through on the finish that reminds you of the vintage's tension.  It was the first time I tried the Mareuil-Sur-Ay but it took the 1522s style and ramped it up with greater tension and nervosity. I'll be buying some of this for myself.

A Champagne Tasting in Monaco

A Champagne Tasting in Monaco

Monday 14th May 2018
by Catriona Palmer

Last week, Justerini & Brooks hosted a champagne tasting like no other; aboard the Sunshine Schooner, overlooking the bay of Monte Carlo.

Collected from outside the notoriously glamorous Monaco Harbour Club, guests were tendered across the sparkling Monte Carlo bay in groupings of five until we had 45 people on board the beautiful Sunshine Schooner.  Few classic schooners still exist today, and Sunshine, a Burmese crafted classic yacht, with a unique 2 inch thick teak deck, beautiful rosewood markings and towering masts, was certainly the jewel in the harbour and the perfect place to host a Justerini & Brooks champagne tasting. 

Champagne Philipponnat: A Clos des Goisses dinner

Champagne Philipponnat: A Clos des Goisses dinner

Friday 27th October 2017
by Julian Campbell

“I have pressed many grapes… but I have NEVER pressed a duck!” 

So went the words of Charles Philipponnat as he was whisked upstairs by Otto, owner and Maitre d’ of his eponymous restaurant on Gray’s Inn Road. “A duck yields a surprising amount of juice!” Charles exclaimed on his return to the table, having been pressed, quite literally into action, helping to operate the silver duck press that Otto uses to serve his legendary Canard a la Presse.

We were in the Private Dining room at Otto’s, a gem of a place, to celebrate 40 years of Clos des Goisses with a group of champagne aficionados. This was the very night after we’d released the epic 2008 on the roof-top of the Ham Yard Hotel, so Clos des Goisses was very much in the air. Other than exploring the famous longevity of Clos des Goisses and its incredible ability to enhance a meal, the rough theme of the evening was ‘8s (for obvious reasons), the oldest wine providing us a rare look at some magical bottles of 1978.

Harvest begins at Champagne Philipponnat

Harvest begins at Champagne Philipponnat

Friday 1st September 2017
by Julian Campbell

Thomas Jorez of Champagne Philipponnat shares the harvest report with Justerinis, straight from the vineyards of Clos des Goisses.

“The harvest started at Philipponnat on Thursday 31st August, with Les Cintres plots in Le Clos des Goisses. We gathered 3520 kg of grapes, after careful sorting in the vineyard during the picking, our estimation is that we had to discard around 10% of the crop. This is quite a low yield in the region, and a lower yield than last year’s on the same plots.”

Wine dinner at Oxleaze Barn, Gloucestershire

Wine dinner at Oxleaze Barn, Gloucestershire

Friday 21st April 2017
by Justerini & Brooks

Luckily our Cotswold barn scrubbed up suitably well for a Justerini & Brooks’s private customer dinner. The setting couldn’t have been more perfect, the location was a beautiful farm in the Cotswold countryside, and the evening sun was out.

As the great and the good from Gloucestershire arrived and sipped on Pol Roger 2006 and Gusbourne Estate Blanc de Blancs 2012, Andrew Kojima, a masterchef finalist, was preparing our delicious Japanese fusion style dishes for the night.

I had been looking forward to this for a long time, I was a little nervous too as it was my launch with Justerini & Brooks in the South West (having done 14 years with them in Scotland) so there was a bit hanging in the balance as they say.  Luckily I had the support on the night of Hew Blair the Chairman!

The guest list was strong, the wines were exciting, and the food was fresh and fashionable. After my introduction to Justerini & Brooks, and a little talk about Gusbourne and Pol Roger, thirty of us sat down to a stunning table set with glasses, flowers and surrounded by the rustic charm of the barn. This was definitely a cool place to hold a fine wine dinner.

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