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    TOP 10 magical wines, amongst the many fabulous wines, I have been privileged to taste. 

    These 10 wines provided me with incredible emotions because of their wonderful quality but also due the context I tasted them.  The mark I gave to each of them is almost irrelevant.

     

    Champagne, Dom Ruinart Rosé, France 1978, 96pts (Tasted March 2004).  Amazing complexity and delightful sensation!

     

    Egon Müller, Scharzhofberger, Riesling Spätlese, Mosel, Germany 1983, 95pts (Tasted February 2002).  So delicate and appealing, absolutely wonderful!

     

    Chablis Grand Cru, Les Blanchots, Réserve de l’Obédience, Laroche, France, 2005, 97pts (Tasted in November 2012).  At once extremely intense and very pure, a magnificent Chablis.

     

    Leonetti Cellar, Merlot, Columbia Valley, USA 2003, 95pts (Tasted August 2015).  A mature wine in all its glory, just stunning!

     

    Clos Apalta, Casa Lapostolle, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2005, 96pts (Tasted December 2015).  Vibrant, elegant and delicious!

     

    Hermitage, La Chapelle, Jaboulet, France, 1983, 97pts (Tasted April 2003).  Sublime with truly marvellous flavours!

     

    Stonewell Shiraz, Peter Lehmann, Barossa Valley, Australia, 1989, 98pts (Tasted December 2015 in Magnum).  Magnificent on the nose with a superb velvety texture.

     

    Château Haut-Brion, Péssac-Léognan, France, 1989, 100pts (Tasted November 2013).  Perhaps the most harmonious wine I have ever tasted.  This wine had it all - just perfect and sensational.  This wine is just from another planet!

     

    Clos de la Roche, Dujac, France 1988, (Tasted in December 1994, I did not score the wine at the time but I think it would have been around 96-98pts if I had).  I still remember the feeling I experienced, it was so enjoyable!

     

    Madeira, D’Oliveira Reserva Boal, Portugal, 1922, 99pts (Tasted in September 2011).  Drinking history but most delicious and still so incredibly alive, just paradise!

     

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    Arguably one of the greatest wine professionals of his generation, Gerard Basset is the Sommelier‘s Sommelier; he is a former World Champion Sommelier and the only person ever to simultaneously hold the Master of Wine, Master Sommelier and MBA Wine honours.

     

    Parallel to this has been Gerard’s business success, first with his co-founding the hugely successful Hotel du Vin Group and latterly with his award winning, New Forest boutique wine hotel, Hotel TerraVina. As a business figure, Gerard has been responsible for inspiring and mentoring a generation of young sommeliers, and his innovative approach to training has led many to competition and business success in their own right.

     

    In June 2011 Gerard was appointed OBE – Officer of the Order of the British Empire – acknowledging his extraordinary contribution to the British hospitality industry and the crowning glory of a remarkable career that has seen him become one of the most credible, approachable and respected figures of the wine world.

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    During his long and distinguished careerGerard Basset has dedicated much of his time to learning and to conveying his extraordinary knowledge of wine to fellow enthusiasts, both professional and amateur.

    Motivated by the desire to discover, Gerard has immersed himself in his subject, completing numerous wine study programmes and examinations in addition to winning the world’s most prestigious sommelier competitions.

    He has travelled extensively to wine-producing countries all over the world where he has visited countless vineyards and estates, meeting and building relationships with some of the world’s leading and most innovative producers and wine makers.

     

    Born and raised in France, Gerard originally trained as a chef, but embarked on a career as a sommelier when he moved to the UK in the 1980s. It was not long before his talent came to the attention of the industry with award wins for the UK Sommelier of the Year, Best International Sommelier for French Wines and Best Sommelier of Europe in fairly quick succession.

    Parallel to his competition success was the growing of a business of which many can only dream. Gerard was a founding partner of the hugely successful Hotel du Vin Group, which grew to six hotels before it was sold. During his ten years at the helm, Gerard mentored and trained a generation of young sommeliers and barmen who sought out his expertise and guidance to launch their careers. Many have gone on to win industry awards and more still to launch their own successful businesses on the back of their experience at Hotel du Vin and, specifically, their grounding under Gerard’s tutelage.

     

     

    On the back of his Hotel du Vin success, Gerard opened Hotel TerraVina with his wife, Nina, in 2007 – a boutique wine hotel in Hampshire, which has become a destination for wine lovers from around the world. TerraVina continues to win awards and accolades with fans perhaps drawn more to its impressive cellar than to the beauty of the surrounding New Forest!

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Gérard Basset MW MS OBE / Best Sommelier in the World 2007 , Pro (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  2 Wines  from  2 Producers 

Château Haut-Brion, Péssac-Léognan, France, 1989, 100pts. Perhaps the most harmonious wine I have ever tasted. This wine had it all - just perfect and sensational. This wine is just from another planet!

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Gérard Basset MW MS OBE / Best Sommelier in the World 2007 , Pro (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  3 Wines  from  3 Producers 

Stonewell Shiraz, Peter Lehmann, Barossa Valley, Australia, 1989, 98pts (Tasted in Magnum). Magnificent on the nose with a superb velvety texture.

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Gérard Basset MW MS OBE / Best Sommelier in the World 2007 , Pro (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  4 Wines  from  4 Producers 

"These wines provided me with incredible emotions because of their wonderful quality but also due the context I tasted them. The mark I gave to each of them is almost irrelevant."

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Gérard Basset MW MS OBE / Best Sommelier in the World 2007 , Pro (United Kingdom)  had a tasting of  2 Wines  from  2 Producers 

"Yquem 2001 / 97 points. Intense young gold with silver tinges. Very expressive with a beautiful array of aromas: Apricot, peach, tangerine, banana and pineapple, roasted fruit and sweet spices.
Round and rich but not heavy with a superb harmony and a long candy finish. Wonderful wine
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