In January each year, many suppliers and thousands of Francophiles descend on London’s Olympia for the UK’s largest exhibition of all things French – The France Show. This year the show runs from Friday 29th – Sunday 31st January.
We have been a popular exhibitor at the show for many years now and our stand is always buzzing! Recently we decided to run a few informal, fun tastings from our stand, since doing this we’ve had to double the size of our stand!
Here’s a sneak preview of the tastings on our stand this year (L31) … come and join us!
Friday 29th January
14.00 – Bordeaux Tasting: Blaye 2005 versus Blaye 2010
We take a look at comparing and contrasting two of the greatest Bordeaux vintages in recent times. Our Blaye is a blend of four grape varieties, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc aged for 18 months in a mix of barriques. It is one of our most popular wines and yet so little seen in the UK. A fascinating vertical tasting of a rich, spicy claret from the right bank in Bordeaux.
15.15 – Burgundy whites, top to bottom
We take a close look at three classic white burgundies from recent vintages. At the top of the region, a Chablis, in the middle (in the Côte d’Or) a Côte de Nuits-Villages and at the bottom a Pouilly-Fuissé. Three lovely examples of a Burgundy Chardonnay – and all very different.
Saturday 30th January
14.00 – Champagne Tasting
FAQ: How long does NV Champagne last for? This is a rare opportunity to compare and contrast one of our most popular non-vintage Champagnes. One is fresh and young. The other was degorged back in 2005! The difference in styles is a revelation. They are totally different of course, but take your pick as to which one you prefer.
15.15 – Loire Valley Reds Tasting
The red Cabernet Francs from the Loire are some of the most distinctive and characterful of any in the wine world. We have a rare opportunity to try two wines from the superb 2009 vintage – our exclusive Saumur-Champigny Les 3 Jean from Domaine de la Cune versus our Bourgueil Bretêche from Domaine de la Chevalerie. The tasting reveals the differences between two neighbouring appellations as well as highlighting how well these wines have aged from such a magnificent vintage.
Sunday 31st January
14.30 – NV Champagne Tasting
We do a comparison of two of our champagnes from our growers Maison Lenique and Fresne-Ducret. Both are non vintage – one comes from the northern part of Champagne in the Montagne region. The other comes from the Côtes de Blanc region in the south. The blends are very different and they taste very different too. Both are utterly delicious – but which do you prefer?