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There is no doubt that COVID-19 has changed the way we live, travel, and socialise. At no time have we been so apart, and yet, thanks to technology, we can still stay-in-touch & socialise together! You may not be able to visit our cellar door in person, but you can still enjoy our cellar door experience at home. Enjoy a series of 45-minute virtual masterclasses led by Will or Richard de Beaurepaire.

Virtual Masterclasses

Each masterclass covers wine-related topics matched with 3 of our wines. These experiences are structured to be enjoyed from your kitchen table or couch. Enjoy a relaxed, informative and entertaining wine experience as we virtually guide you through three of our wines that celebrate the history and wine  styles of the Burgundy, Bordeaux and Champagne regions.

The cost is for the wine. The virtual masterclass is a bonus! One log-in is provided for each virtual masterclass purchased. You can have as many or as few guests around your kitchen table or sat on your couch as you like.

If you miss your selected masterclass, we will send you a link to a recording of the session.

1. BURGUNDY STYLES MASTERCLASS

Enjoy a relaxed, informative and entertaining wine experience as we virtually guide you through three of our wines that celebrate the history and wine styles of the Burgundy region.

Wines

  • 2017 ‘La Comtesse’ Chardonnay
  • 2018 ‘Jeannette’ Reserve Chardonnay
  • 2019 ‘Perceval’ Pinot Noir

When

Wednesday 21 July, 6.30-7.15pm

Wednesday 4 August, 7.30-8.30pm

Wednesday 1 September, 7.30-8.30pm

Cost

$135

Burgundy – Our family’s ancestral homeland and one of the world’s greatest wine regions, with recent auction prices seeing bottles sold for six figures. Our family originates from the town of Beaurepaire-en-Bresse in Saône et Loire. This was the ancient frontline between the lands of Burgundy and the Holy Roman Empire, and most famous these days for the only appellation-controlled chicken in the world, Poulet de Bresse.

Culturally, Burgundy is called the stomach of France with many of France’s most famous dishes and techniques originating in its kitchens. A relatively prosperous region that enabled it to often tread an independent path to the rest of France. Its history of wine production dates to the Roman era, with some famous vineyards like Corton-Charlemagne being favoured by Charlemagne himself in the 8th century. Its famous for two varieties – Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but historically other varieties were also planted including Gamay – now famous for Beaujolais and Provence rosé.

The 31st of July is famous for an edict banning Gamay by the Duke of Burgundy, Philip the Bold in 1395 who called it the ‘Disloyal Variety’, due his great love of Pinot Noir and his view that Gamay ‘is full of significant and horrible bitterness’, and ordered its removal within 5 months. The vineyards of Burgundy were a source of great pride to the Duchy, and as such the quality of its wine was seen as a reflection on the Duke. So much so, that Henry V specifically demanded 200 casks of Burgundy pinot noir as part of the ransom of one of the French captives after Agincourt.

The vineyards of Burgundy were either tended by the local lords and Duke, or the Clunic monks whose severity of lifestyle left them not much to do other than record every minutia of every vineyard they owned. The result is hundreds of years of meticulous records that identified 1400 different ‘climats’ or individual vineyard terroirs (climate and soil). The records enabled very accurate identification of the best vineyards and what made them particularly special – the soil, the micro-climate and terrain.

Our search for something equivalent to Burgundy here in Australia took us from our extended family in Victoria, including winemaking in the Yarra Valley, to pioneering winemaking at Rylstone – an area near Mudgee and Bathurst in the Central Ranges Wine Region. Next to Rylstone is the little town of Kandos, famous for supplying the cement to build the Sydney Harbour Bridge and much of Sydney. Cement is effectively crushed limestone and not far from our back fence is the old quarry that was used to make Kandos cement.

Limestone-enriched soils are the main reason we selected Rylstone, as a glance at the map of France will see that Burgundy’s main wine region, the Côte d’Or is a long and thin valley. 60 kilometres long but in places as thin as half a kilometre for the really good wine. We often focus on climate as the driver of wine quality in Australia, but the limited plantings of Burgundy indicate another ingredient to great wine – soil. The Cote d’Or valley follows the ancient coastline of the Paris basin, that left vast quantities of shellfish 150 million years ago that turned into limestone.

The limestone makes the normally acidic soils, alkaline (or neutral). This in turn makes the micro-organisms residing in the soils more efficient at digesting and making available the trace minerals that make vines and grapes healthy (in the same way your gut biome operates with vitamins and minerals). Being more efficient means the soils don’t need to be as deep to provide the vines with nutrients, resulting in healthy vines growing in shallow soils. The side-effect of the shallow soils is there is less soil volume to store water when it rains making the grapes water-stressed and therefore smaller, resulting in more skin to juice which means more flavour and structure to the wines. The best vineyards are situated on the mid-slope where the soil depths are generally less than 1m and greater than 0.5m – think Domaine de la Romanée Conti which broke records recently with a bottle of 1945 sold for $558,000.

2. BORDEAUX STYLES MASTERCLASS

Enjoy a relaxed, informative and entertaining wine experience as we virtually guide you through three of our wines that celebrate the history and wine styles of the Bordeaux region.

Wines

  • 2017 ‘Billet Doux’ Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2016 ‘Le Chevalier’ Merlot Cabernet Petit Verdot
  • 2019 ‘Le Marquis’ Cabernet Sauvignon

When

Thursday 22 July, 6.30-7.15pm

Wednesday 11 August, 7.30-8.30pm

Wednesday 8 September, 7.30-8.30pm

Cost

$95

The wines of Bordeaux are defined by their bank of the Gironde River.

The Right Bank, being ancient Bordeaux. Planted along the shoreline of the ancient Aquitaine basin. Most famous for its Merlot-Cabernet blends of the Pomerol appellation, including the eye-wateringly expensive Chateau Petrus. It’s also the homeland of Semillon, named after the Right bank wine headquarters and majestic medieval town of St-</span>É<span>milion. Semillon in Bordeaux, combined with Sauvignon Blanc makes what is called Bordeaux Blanc and harkens back to the regions Basque history and influence. The Basques, being incredibly experienced and successful sailors over 1000s of years made initial fame for their fishing prowess and supplying cod to much of Europe. As this predated refrigeration, salt was used in quantity to keep the fish from spoiling resulting in a diet that was very salt laden. Unlike warm climate Hunter Valley Semillon, Bordeaux Blancs had very high acid levels which matched the high salt content perfectly.

The Left Bank, between the Gironde River and the Atlantic coastline being ‘new’ Bordeaux. ‘New’ as it did not become synonymous with great wine until the 17th century. Before the 17th Century, the left bank was a series of boggy marshes and swamps. In the 1600s, one of the big customers other than the British were the Dutch. The British had locked up much of the premium Bordeaux wines, then sourced from the Right Bank, and the Dutch were left to make do with the limited vineyards on the Left Bank. Leveraging their experience in dike building in Holland, they set to work and drained the swamplands – massively increasing the available land to plant Bordeaux wines and due to the proximity to the river mouth making it easier to ship back to Holland. The Left Bank is most famous for Cabernet Sauvignon, which can handle the deeper soils and associated higher water levels of the gravels which were the drained swamps.

We look forward to seeing you virtually soon!

3. CHAMPAGNE STYLES MASTERCLASS

Enjoy a relaxed, informative and entertaining wine experience as we virtually guide you through three of our wines that celebrate the history and wine styles of the Champagne region.

Wines

  • 2019 ‘Blanchefleur’ Blanc de Blancs
  • 2020 ‘Annabelle’ Cremant de Rosé
  • 2019 ‘Marie Louise’ Prestige Cuvée

When

Wednesday 28 July, 6.30-7.15pm

Wednesday 18 August, 7.30-8.30pm

Wednesday 15 September, 7.30-8.30pm

Cost

$160

4. RESERVE & SWEET STYLES MASTERCLASS

Enjoy a relaxed, informative and entertaining wine experience as we virtually guide you through three of our wines that celebrate our Reserve & Sweet styles of wine

Wines

  • 2017 ‘Leopold’ Reserve Shiraz-Viognier
  • 2016 ‘Victor’ Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2017 ‘Bluebird’ Botrytis Viognier

When

Thursday 29 July, 6.30-7.15pm

Wednesday 25 August, 7.30-8.30pm

Wednesday 22 September, 7.30-8.30pm

Cost

$160

IMPORTANT TO KNOW

Order a virtual masterclass from our online shop. You can order as many of the 4 different masterclasses as you would like. For some, you may have particular areas of wine interest you want to focus on, or for others you may be interested in participating in all 4 of the masterclasses

Clear your diary for the relevant date and time and sit back and enjoy

Please order your wine well in advance, so that it arrives in time! Courier delivery times are a little slower than normal at the moment, so here is a guideline:

    1. Sydney: 5 working days
    2. Regional NSW: 7 working days
    3. QLD/Victoria: 7 working days
    4. SA/WA/TAS etc: 10 working days

We will send tasting notes and other material, plus the virtual log-in once you have booked, in preparation for the masterclass.

This cost is for the wine. The virtual masterclass is a bonus! One log-in is provided for each virtual masterclass purchased. You can have as many or as few people around your kitchen table or sat on your couch as you like.

If you miss your selected masterclass, we can send you a link to a recording of the session.