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We invite you to experience true creativity and the magic of the magnum bubbles in our exclusive Pop Up tasting of Growers Champagne and Premium Sparkling Wine poured from Magnum. Join us on November 21th 2012 at 7 pm at this exciting event in an especially reserved private apartment in Brussels.
Magnum means "large" in Latin, and in wine it refers to the 1,5l bottle size. It is a well known fact among wine extperts that wine bottled in magnum ages better and develops complexities not possible in a regular bottle size. This is particularly significant for ¨Méthode Traditionelle¨ Sparkling Wines, such as Champagne, as Magnum is optimum size for the second fermentation in the bottle. However as this format requires a lot more manual handling and it is rare, and always more exclusive and exquisite than the ordinary 75cl bottle. Magnum's are generally not readilly available in the market and we have contacted the wineries to be able to provide you with the opportunity to taste these wines in their optimum state!
Growers Champagne is exclusive by definition as it can only be produced from the growers own grapes. As the grower generally has most of his vineyards in the same area, growers Champagne is often a wonderful expression of the growers terroir or specific location within Champagne. The volumes produced are always small and to find a bottle in Magnum is often a real quest! We have chosen wines from the following producers: Champagne Tarlant (Valee de la Marne), Champagne Boulard (Montagne de Reims), Champagne Piollot (Cote des Bars) and Champagne Philippe Gonet (Cote des Blancs).
Our tasting is limited to 20 people and the wines all stand out by their individuality and expression of their unique terroir and winemaking. We will pour 4 Grower's Champagnes (Tarlant Zero, Francis Boulard Les Murgiers, Piollot Brut Reserve and Philippe Gonet Le Roi Soleil), 2 premium Cava (Recaredo Brut Nature and Gramona Imperial) and 1 Belgian Sparkling (Cuvee Ruffus) from Magnum focussing for each wine on the purity of their specific terroir. All the wines are available in for purchase in Belgium in their regular bottle size, and we aim to provide details of where you can stock up on them.
We have chosen the wines in function of their exclusive character, their approachability and ability to pair well with food. Each wine has a story to tell and we believe these terroir wines will allow you to discover a different dimension in sparkling wine especially when poured from Magnum paired with our tantalizing food selection of oysters, iberic ham belotta, foie gras, parmigiano reggiano, and other especially well matched appetisers.
This one of a kind tasting will take place in true pop up style in the trendy European Schuman neighbourhood in central Brussels in a hip private appartment. We believe that the formula of the Pop Up tasting, which is exclusive because of it's elusive character, really expresses the essence of our tasting concept and the terroir wines. It allows us to taste and talk about these amazing wines in and intimate and cosy environment. We also have partnered up with the amazing dancer Louis Clement da Costa, who will create a unique sparkling wine inspired performance.
This exclusive tasting experience will be hosted by two naturally entertaining wine educators. Onneca and Caroline are both certified sommeliers, writers and wine consultants obsessed by sparkling wines and terroir. Caroline Henry is specializing in grower's Champagne and lives and works in Hautvillers, Champagne. Onneca Guelbenzu worked for several years in Penedes, the heart of the Cava district and lives and works in Switzerland.
When & Where
Missinwine & Viva le Vin
We are two sommeliers specialized in Sparkling terroir wines. Caroline at MissinWine lives and works in Champagne where has been focussing on outstanding grower's Champagnes. Onneca from Viva le Vin worked with one of the most internationally recognized Cava cellars of Sant Sadurní d´Anoia for several years and now lives and works in Switzerland promoting Wine Culture from Terroirific Wine Bar.