[glass]Events: Michaelmas 2003

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Simonsig Estate Tasting - Stellenbosch, South Africa

Simonsig Estate Logo Tuesday 1st week (14th October)
7.45 for 8pm
New Rooms, Magdalen College


For the first Bacchus Event of the new academic year, the society will host Pieter Malan from Simonsig Estate for a tutored tasting of eleven of their award-winning wines. With vineyards situated in the North West of the Stellenbosch, Simonsig Estate is regarded as one of the finest producers of South African wines.

50 places. Please book online. £3 payable on the glass.

Beginners' Classes

Glass of Red Wine Offered as a set of two evening sessions, each night includes the tasting of at least 7 wines. In a small group we will cover tasting skills, 'good' vs. 'poor' wines, popular white & red grape varieties and classic wine styles. It also offers a great opportunity for experienced wine drinkers to improve their tasting skills and improve their knowledge of the classic grape varieties.

Class I: Thursday 2nd week (23 October)
Class II: Thursday 3rd week (30 October)

Cost: £25 members, £40 non-members.

To book a place please pigeon post a cheque (payable to Thomas Heath) to Thomas Heath at Corpus Christi College. These classes are always oversubscribed, so please book as soon as possible to secure a place. For further information please contact: president@oxfordwinesociety.org.

Ch‚teau Raymond Lafon - Sauternes

Ch‚teau Raymond Lafon LogoTuesday 3rd week (28 October)
7.45 for 8pm
New Rooms, Magdalen College


In what promises to be a memorable tasting, Andrew Wilson will present a vertical tasting of the wines of Chateau Raymond-Lafon. "Raymond-Lafon can be one of the most sublime Sauternes you are likely to encounter" and tonight we will be encountering six vintages of this incredible wine - in addition to a rare chance to taste the as yet unreleased wines of 2001, 2002.

Chateau Raymond-Lafon is a highly regarded cru bourgeois estate located in the sauternes appellation, which consistently produces high-quality wines equal to those of many of the Sauternes AC premiers crus.

The chateau has an impressive history. Pierre Meslier was the "regisseur" at the celebrated Chateau d'Yquem when he bought the property and the estate itself contains parcels of land which once belonged to Yquem.

Robert Parker writes "Raymond-Lafon is a name to watch in the Sauternes district, particularly if one is looking for a wine that is close to the brilliance and majestic richness of Yquem for less than one-third the price."

This promises to be a very popular event. Please book your place as soon as possible.

50 places. Please book online. £5 payable on the glass.

Pipers Brook - Tasmania, Australia

Pipers Brook LabelTuesday 5th week (11 November)
6.45 for 7pm
New Rooms, Magdalen College


Without doubt one of Australia's most respected vineyards, Pipers Brook has risen to fame though the persistent efforts of its founder and owner, Dr of Viticulture Andrew Pirie. Thriving in the relatively cool-climate Tasmania, Pipers Brook produce a range of wines prized by critics such as James Halliday and Robert Parker Jr.

Tonight the society will host Lee Middleton, giving members a rare opportunity to see for themselves the wealth of wine Tasmania can offer! Come along not least for the Pipers Brook 'Lyre' Pinot Noir 2000; described by James Halliday as "the best of an exceptional vintage, oozing class but with its best years still in front of it ... Ultimate quality"!

50 places. Please book online. £3 payable on the glass.

Green Point - Yarra Valley, Australia

Green Point LogoThursday 5th week (13 November)
6:45 for 7pm
New Rooms, Magdalen College


Acknowledged by many as Australia's foremost sparkling wine, Green Point is the successful result of MoŽt & Chandon venture into Australian wine production. Based in Yarra Valley, the winery uses the traditional Champagne cuvť of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier to produce a range of first-class wines. Tonight the Society will host Benoit Collard from LVMH, who is traveling from France exclusively for the evening.

For this event we offer members the opportunities to book guest places at a reduced rate of £5. Please contact president@oxfordwinesociety.org.

50 places. Please book online. £3 payable on the glass.

Dr. Loosen - Mosel

Dr. Loosen LogoTuesday 6th week (18 November)
7.45 for 8pm
Magdalen College, New Rooms


The Dr. Loosen estate lies just outside the town of Bernkastel in the heart of the greatest vineyards of the Middle Mosel. It has been in the same family for over 200 years and current owner, Ernst Loosen, has made it among the finest wine estates in Germany and the world.

Ernst Loosen, who was named Germany's Winemaker of the Year in the 2001 edition of Gault Millau's "Weinguide Deutschland", will talk to us about his approach to winemaking and guide us through a selection of his wines.

50 places. Please book online. £3 payable on the glass.

Grand Cru Tasting

Glass of Red Wine Saturday 6th week (22 November)
6.45 for 7pm
Magdalen College, Old Law Library

This tasting presents a unique opportunity to sample what are widely regarded as the some of the world's finest wines. Focusing on the 'Grand Cru' of France, the Society will tonight present a selection of the most famous wines from classic regions around the country. Carefully selected bottles from legendary producers will showcase the pinnacle of the wine world. Including Chateau Margaux to Chapoutier's L'Ermite, and Chateau d'Yquem to Jadot's Monrachet, this will be a truly a memorable night to talk about for years to come. In Withnail's words: the finest wines known to humanity! The wines will be presented and discussed by Dr Edward Fitzgerald, former President of OUWS, and Thomas Heath, the current President. This is sure to be a very popular tasting - please book early to ensure a place.

Cost: £25. Please book a place by sending a cheque (payable to "Bacchus Wine Society") to Thomas Heath at Corpus Christi College.

Domaine Faiveley - Burgundy

Domaine Faiveley LogoMonday 7th week (24 November)
7.45 for 8pm
Magdalen College, New Rooms

Producing "some of the the finest wines coming out of Burgundy at the moment", Domaine Faiveley has seen tremendous success through meticulous attention to all aspects of the winemaking process. Spanning a full 117.5 hectares (290 acres) , the property is one of Burgundy's largest and includes its own negociant business. Tonight the Society is proud to host Mark Bingley MW, who will present a range of Faiveley wines from several of Burgundy's many appelations.

In the words of Francois Faiveley, in charge since 1978: "The secret is that there is no secret. Winemaking is a mass of interlocking, coherent detail. And small yields, small yields, small yields."

50 places. Please book online. £3 payable on the glass.

Bodegas JuliŠn Chivite - Navarra, Spain

Bodegas JuliŠn Chivite LogoWednesday 8th week (3 December)
6.45 for 7pm
Magdalen College, Summer Common Room


Passed down through the family since 1647, Bodegas JuliŠn Chivite is on of the most respected estates in Navarra, Spain. Tonight we will host Chris Burton, their UK agent, who returns to our Society for an evening of first-class spanish wines. The tasting will include a full range of wines from JuliŠn Chivite and its sister company in the Rioja, Bodegas Vina Salceda.

50 places. Please book online. £3 payable on the glass.

Christie's Fine Wine Auction

Christie's Monday 9th week (8 December)
Christie's Auctioneers, South Kensington, London


These days, rightly or wrongly, many fine and rare wines are traded as commodities like blue-chip stocks. Proudly at the centre of this international trade is Christie's of London, an auction house known to many for their fine art sales rather than fine wine. However, with their first wine sale taking place in 1766 and a team of nine highly respected experts on hand to advise clients, this is the one place to buy and sell the world's most famous wines. From everyday claret to a bottle of Ch‚teau Lafite-Rothschild 1784 (which sold for £24,200 in November 2000) Christies is rightly proud of its historic tradition.

This afternoon, by special arrangement, Christie's have agreed to host a small number of OUWS members for a pre-auction tasting. David Elswood (Head of European Wine Sales) and Carolyn Holmes (Senior Specialist) will be there to greet us and take our group through the line up of wines and auction itself.

12 places are available. Members are responsible for their own transport arrangements to and from Christie's. Please email thomas@oxfordwinesociety.org to book a place.

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