Champagne Vintage 2002 20th Anniversary Dinner – 15 October 2022
You are invited to the champagne tasting of the year. 2002 was Champagne’s greatest vintage between 1996 and 2008, and has attained its full greatness at a glorious two decades of age.
Showcasing the top 13 wines of the vintage, this dinner is devoted exclusively to the very finest cuvées that epitomise this legendary season and its incredible transformation over the past 20 years. This list represents my personal selection of the very best of the best, based on recent tastings.
Champagne’s top 13 houses and growers are all represented, and I am greatly indebted to each for making cuvées of such rarity available for this unique occasion – including four en magnum and one en methuselah. Plus Amour de Deutz 2008 on arrival – to set the pace!
Provenance is everything in the maturation of champagne, so almost every bottle has been painstakingly sourced and shipped direct from the cellars of its house over the past 15 months, exclusively for this occasion. Many have been disgorged especially for this tasting.
This tasting is the sequel to my Champagne Vintage 1996 25th Anniversary Lunch last year, declared by many guests to be the greatest wine experience of their life.
This is a unique tasting in the world, and a number of chef de caves are very much hoping to join us in person, pending the timing of this year’s vintage and their post-harvest commitments.
No vintage in Champagne’s recent history balances finesse, power and structure like 2002. Pierre Gimonnet’s Didier Gimonnet considers this the greatest harvest since 1990, ‘exemplifying the ultimate balance between elegance, concentration and freshness, nearly the best wine we could obtain’.
I warmly welcome you to join me in person to come back to 2002 at Montrachet on Saturday 15 October.
Salon Cuvée S Blanc de Blancs 2002
Krug Vintage 2002
Louis Roederer Cristal 2002 en Magnum
Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut 2002 en Magnum
Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2002 en Magnum
Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Millésime de Collection Vieilles Vignes de Chardonnay 2002 en Magnum
Piper-Heidsieck Rare Millesime 2002 en Methuselah
Dom Pérignon P2 2002
Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Nicolas François Brut 2002
Egly-Ouriet Brut Grand Cru Millésime 2002
Deutz Cuvée Amour de Deutz Millésime 2002
Jacquesson Aÿ Vauzelle Terme Recolte Brut 2002
Gosset Celebris Extra Brut Vintage 2002
And Deutz Amour de Deutz 2008 en Magnum on arrival
70mL pours of 13 cuvées, presented in Riedel Veritas Champagne Glasses
(50mL pours of Egly-Ouriet due to scarcity)
Matched intricately to a seven course dinner creatred by Montrachet’s Shannon Kellam
Montrachet Brisbane – 1/30 King St Bowen Hills
5pm-late Saturday 15 October 2022
Places strictly limited
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