iDealwine in London: Masterclass at the Wine and Spirits Show


At the Drinks Business’ first edition of The Wine and Spirits Show last weekend, iDealwine took guests on a journey of our world, featuring fine wines and rising stars! Read on for a recap of this event, for those who didn’t have the chance to participate, or for those who would like to relive the moment!

The iDealwine masterclass took place at 5pm of Friday 12th October. Lionel Cuenca, one of the co-founders of iDealwine, co-animated the masterclass with Patrick Schmitt MW, editor-in-chief of The Drinks Business. About 30 guests attended the event.

This masterclass took guests on a journey through the iDealwine world, tasting diverse selection of fine wines and rising stars from all the great winemaking regions. Patrick and Lionel offered expert advice on market trends and the best wines to watch for drinking pleasure and investment.

First, a 2015 Arbois La Mailloche from Domaine Stéphane Tissot was tasted, an excellent Chardonnay with floral, nutty notes from the Jura. That was followed by the Gevrey Chambertin Premier Cru Lavaux Saint Jacques from Maison Albert Bichot, in the 2009 vintage. At once fruity, floral, deep and structured, this wine is an absolute must for Burgundy fans.

Heading west, the third wine was a 1996 Château Sociando Mallet, produced from one of the finest terroirs in Bordeaux, this Médoc is better than many classified growths and the bottle was much appreciated. We then tasted a 100% Syrah from Alain Voge. This cuvée named Les Chailles was the favourite wine tasted for many people at the masterclass. It was velvety, spicy and full of character.

Lastly, the piece de resistance was a 1996 Altenberg de Bergheim Riesling Vendanges Tardives from the extremely talented Marcel Deiss. It quite simply stole the show! Rich and complex on the nose, with acidic notes of candied fruits – apricot, quince, citrus fruits – and smooth and velvety on the palate, combining structure, substance and richness… Everyone in the room fell under the charm of this excellent, rare wine, and there certainly wasn’t any left in the bottles at the end of the afternoon!

It’s safe to say that an excellent afternoon was had by all. If you missed the event, don’t worry! iDealwine will be back in London very soon, in early November. More information coming soon…

Other things to read on the iDealwine blog:

iDealwine at The City Wine Show: the recap

Bichot: when Burgundy comes to London