The 10th Grand Tasting took place on December 4 and 5, 2015, at the Carrousel du Louvre. Just as in previous years, Wine and Management Programme students took part in this year’s prestigious event under the supervision of Franck Ramage. Organised by J.M. Bettane & T. Desseauve, the Grand Tasting is one of the most important events in the wine industry in France. It brings together wine-growers, cellar masters, winemakers, journalists and wine experts to give professionals and novices alike the chance to discover great wines and young talented wine-growers’ production.
On the programme: numerous tastings and Master Classes led by distinguished personalities from the wine industry, but also gourmet workshops combining the talent of great Chefs with that of exceptional producers.
This event provided the opportunity to discover more than 2500 wines from all of France’s regions: Bordeaux, Touraine, Champagne, etc. but also from throughout the world.
This year, Le Cordon Bleu was once again a partner of the event. Chef Williams Caussimon also presented a food and wine pairing, focusing on oysters, with the Château Vari estate.
On the menu:
- Cold oysters: Oysters with a caviar sabayon & Monbazillac, Cuvée Sauvignon 2011 (white)
- Hot oysters: White wine glazed oysters & Monbazillac, Réserve du Château 2005 (white)
Wine and Management Programme students and Mr. Franck Ramage, Head of the Wine Department, were also present and involved in both the ceremony for the launch of the Grand Tasting, which took place at the Quai d’Orsay, and in the Master Classes.
I felt that the Grand Tasting was a very unique experience. It really helped me realize the importance of speed in opening wine bottles, accuracy of pouring, gracefulness of service and carrying trays, inventory of wines, temperature control, working under pressure…
Krista, Wine and Management Programme student