Great Domaines Tasting.

Champagne, white Burgundies, a Bandol (Provence) Rose and reds from Piedmont, Italy. An evening of exquisite wines from some of the world’s greatest regions with food prepared by Liam Tomlin to perfectly match them. And sommelier, bootlegger and man-about-Joburg Guy Harcourt-Wood in town to take us through them all. That’s what’s going down at Chefs Warehouse on Thursday 14th April, and you definitely want to be there.

Guy speaks about wine in an easy unpretentious manner that educates rather than intimidates, just the style to help participants really understand and get into these interesting wines, without taking everything too seriously.


The estates…

Run by the twenty-something brothers Benoit and Jean-Baptiste Bacheelt, Domaine Jean-Claude Bachelet produces Burgundies that are pure in style, perfectly balanced, made from their 9.5 hectares with vines on average 40 years old.

Chateau Pibarnon makes seductive, aromatic and noble-structured wines from their farm high atop La Colline du Télégraphe in Bandol, a region that gets 300 days of sunshine a year and is known for rose (which makes sense with the sunshine thing).

Elio Grasso in Monforte d’Alba, Piedmont, vinifies each vineyard block separately and aims not to invent anything new, but to simply continue with the best in tradition and work of their predecessors. A small winery making big waves.

A fifth-generation family grower located in Ambonnay, Montagne e Reims, Marguet Champagne produces organic wines not due to any ideology other than it makes better grapes and thus better wines. Magnifique! Wines of finesse and unquestionable pedigree – taste for yourself.

Felsina vineyards lie in the Chianti Classico region, it’s climate and soils show the character of the valley through the liveliness and elegance of their esteemed and distinctive wines.

The wines…

2004 Marguet Pere et Fils Champagne, France

2008 Puligny Montrachet, Domaine Jean-Claude Bachalet, Burgundy, France

2008 Chassagne-Montrachet, ‘Les Macharelles,’ Domaine Jean-Claude Bachalet, Burgundy, France

2009 Rose, Chateau Pibarnon, Bandol, France

2007 Chianti Classico, Felsina, Tuscany, Italy

2007 Barbera d’Alba, ‘Vigna Martina,’ Elio Grasso, Piedmont, Italy

2001 Vin Santo, Felsina, Tuscany, Italy


Hosted at Chefs Warehouse on Thursday, 14th April, 6h30pm – 9h30pm, R750 per person. Book via rachel@chefswarehouse.co.za to secure your seat.