San Francisco, CA
Tasted Monday, September 27, 2010 by BrandrB with 612 views
The 2010 Institute of Masters of Wine Champagne Tasting proved to be another incredible event! My second year attending this tasting, it was again held in San Francisco’s Ferry Building overlooking the Bay Bridge on a beautiful early Fall afternoon. In addition to a phenomenal lineup of wine, the tasting also afforded the opportunity to meet many other Champagne aficionados, including some fellow CellarTrackers.
This year’s tasting featured roughly 80 Champagnes divided into five categories (Blanc des Blancs, Non Vintage, Vintage, Rosé, and Dosé). Of those wines, I was able to taste more than 60 and write 42 detailed tasting notes. Compared with last year’s event, the quantity of wines was slightly less but the quality was higher judging by my tasting scores – with a remarkable 8 Champagnes scoring 94 points or higher by my tastes.
My wines of the night included the 1995 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires (96pts), 1995 Henriot Cuvée des Enchanteleurs (95pts), and the non-vintage Krug Rosé (95pts). Among the best values of the evening’s tasting included the non-vintage Vilmart Grand Cellier, 1999 Charles Ellner Brut Seduction Millésimé, non-vintage Henri Billiot Brut Reserve, and the non-vintage Alfred Gratien Brut Rosé.
Many thanks again to the Institute of Masters of Wine for organizing such a phenomenal event – which truly is one of the finest Champagne tastings around.