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Champagne Tasting

Salon Degermann

October was eventful for SommelierS International and the Champagne vineyard. Champagne houses and winegrowers offered to the professionals a high quality bubble show. Spread over  two days, the tasting welcomed exceptional guests, Jon Arvid Rosengren, Paolo Basso and Philippe Faure-Brac, all three Best Sommeliers of the World, but also the association of the Champagne-Ardenne sommeliers and its president Éric Arnaud, accompanied with the sommeliers of Burgundy, Jura and Hauts-de-France.

Yves Chapier, Eric Arnaud, Philippe Faure-Brac, Paolo Basso, Benoit Gouez, Eric Allouche, Jon Arvid Rosengren

For this new edition, SommelierS International inaugurated a new formula. From now on, influencers and winegrowers meet in the form of a trade fair. The opportunity then for the magazine to welcome, besides the Union de la Sommellerie Française sommeliers, a largest number of wine professionals. Wine merchants, barmen, restaurant owners, but also bloggers and journalists so offering the readers tasting reviews providing another approach of wine*; the purpose, as underlined by Paolo Basso, being “to make wines accessible to the private individuals who do not not master the professional jargon”. Also the opportunity for the professionals to discover or rediscover exceptional cuvees because, as Philippe Faure-Brac states, “tasting Champagnes as from Monday morning is happiness all week long”.

The partners of the event

• Lehmann Glass
• Diam Bouchage
• Optiwine, la carafe de poche    
• Icemax, l'élégance de la fraîcheur
• Château Maison Noble Saint-Martin (Bordeaux Supérieur et Entre-deux-Mers)
• Château Petit Val (Saint-Emilion Grand Cru)
• Château d'Armailhac (Pauillac)
• Château Seguin (Pessac-Léognan)
• Distillerie G.E. Massenez
• Grandes Distilleries Peureux
• Distilleries Jean Goyard
• Cognacs Léopold Gourmel

The event in figures

• 124 Champagne producers over two days:
  - 38 Large Houses of Champagne
  - 86 Champagnes of Winemakers
  - 130 prescribers
  - more than 240 cuvées

Sandy Bénard / Charlynne Zirah
Photos : Jérôme de Horschitz / Vidéo : Xavier Paris