I’m totally stoked to tell you that I will be attending the Big Five Tasting on behalf of Wine magazine. This event, set to take place on 11 December, is organised by Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events and sees five South African wines compared to some very eminent French counterparts.
Wines involved include: Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc vs. Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé; Vergelegen White vs. Laville Haut Brion Blanc; Raats Family Cabernet Franc vs. Château Cheval Blanc; Kanonkop Paul Sauer vs. Château Mouton Rothschild and Sadie Family Wines Columella vs. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal (four to five vintages shown in each case). There are only 20 places per module and the price to attend all five modules is R4990. Bad news if you’re thinking of going – Pfützner relates that it took no more than 20 minutes after communicating with his database for the event to be sold out.
Here is one of the responses received:
This was forwarded to me by a friend who thought we might like to attend. I am very glad you state that you will attempt to compare the differences or similarities in these wines. We find it quite laughable that you think you could find any similarities. 50 million people around the world agree that Mouton Rothschild is one of the best wines in the world and I recently drank a bottle of Mouton Rothschild 1959 from my collection. It is interesting to note that you are not putting a very old vintage Mouton up against a very old vintage Kanonkop…we wonder why. It is also interesting to note the companies out there that show their ignorance in wine through events such as this. Ignorance is bliss, as they say.
No we shan’t be attending as we, along with 50 million other people in the world, already know the answer…
Please let us know what to make of it.