Category Archives: Effervescents du Monde

Effervescents du Monde – feedback on my judging

Because it’s a very serious affair, all Effervescents du Monde judges are given feedback on their judging after the event. Such tastings are a tricky affairs: it’s all too easy to assign meaning to results where there is none, for … Continue reading

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Effervescents du Monde results

The results of Effervescents du Monde 2011 are out! (they were out yesterday, but it’s taken me this long to rip myself away from a thrilling Plumpton College vine pathology essay). England’s best results were 4 silver medals for: Gusbourne, … Continue reading

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Effervescents du Monde 2011 – the final verdict

Well, the final verdict from Effervescents du Monde 2011 will have to wait a few days until the results are out. From my point of view, judging in my first big wine competition was a valuable, interesting and educational experience. Like … Continue reading

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Beaujolais Nouveau (ssshhhhhh)

We went to a bar in Dijon tonight and were offered a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau, 2 days before the official launch. The barman had seen us coming and charged us a silly price, but we got to try it before … Continue reading

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Hospice du Beaune, pre-auction sampling

I was extremely lucky and spoilt today when I managed to get an invitation with a comple of others to a pre-auction tasting at the Hospice du Beaune. I tried nearly all their reds and many of their whites. These … Continue reading

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Dinner inside the hill

After touring the huge cellars at Les Caves Bailly Lapierre, all the Effervescents du Monde judges were served dinner in one of the rooms hewn from solid rock deep in the cellars. It was rather lovely, and our hosts and the … Continue reading

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Les Caves Bailly Lapierre

After a morning’s judging at Effervescents du Monde, and the obligatory beautiful and large lunch served to all judges, we took a long bus ride from Dijon to Les Caves Bailly Lapierre. I had judged some of their wines in the competition and … Continue reading

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