Bottle vs Magnum with Jancis Robinson

An exclusive champagne tasting with a competitive edge

Does the size of a bottle actually make a difference to the way a champagne ages? Or is it just for show? If you have ever asked yourself this question – and even if you haven’t – don’t hesitate to snap up one of just 48 tickets for an exclusive champagne tasting (£395) at 6.30pm on Thursday October 8 led by renowned wine expert and FT columnist Jancis Robinson that’s designed to explore how champagne ages in bottle, magnum and jeroboam.

In a tasting of 13 celebrated cuvées, from Bollinger, Krug and Louis Roederer to Taittinger and Pol Roger, guests will not only gain an understanding of the ways in which the wine matures under different conditions, but also have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compare and contrast three of the region’s most celebrated vintages: 1996, 1998 and 2002.

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“Something happens to champagne aged in magnum; their evolution slows, factors come into play that we can’t always explain and it’s like a little magic is sprinkled,” says Nick Baker, managing director of The Finest Bubble, the prestige champagne specialists that have organised this unique event. “What was a superbly rich champagne in bottle seems even more opulent and complex in magnum – they are differently amazing.”

Aside from involving some of the world’s most acclaimed champagnes, the evening will also give participants the chance to be among the first to see inside 67 Pall Mall, the luxurious new members’ club for wine lovers housed in a Grade II-listed building by Edwin Lutyens.

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