La Fête du Champagne 2016 Program

Thursday November 3, 2016 - Sunday NOvember 6, 2016


Thursday, November 3

Insiders Lunch with J.L. Vergnon & Savart
12:00 pm | $450
Günter Seeger NY | 641 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

La Fête du Champagne 2016 kicks off with a spectacular lunch featuring J. L. Vergnon’s racy, pure Blanc de Blancs from Le Mesnil alongside Savart’s expressive Pinot Noirs from the terroirs of Ecueil. Guests will explore these exquisite Champagnes while enjoying a tasting menu of Chef Günter Seeger’s refined, creative cuisine at the chef’s newly opened eponymous restaurant that has been thrilling critics and diners alike. This lunch provides an insider’s tasting tour of Champagne’s unique diversity, as expressed through two of the region’s finest grower estates today.

Champagne J.L. Vergnon
Murmure NV
Eloquence NV
Rosémotion NV
Confidence 2009
Résonance 2008
Résonance 2004
Résonance 1995

Champagne Savart
L'Ouverture NV
L'Accomplie NV
Dame de Cœur 2012
Expression Rosé 1er Cru 2012
Millésime 2011
Millésime 2004
Millésime 1995

Friday, NOVEMBER 4

Collectors Dinner - THe Great Le Mesnil Chardonnays of Champagne Salon With Didier Depond
6:30 PM | $1,250.00
The Modern | 9 West 53rd Street, NEW YORK, NY 10019

Champagne Salon is described by Peter Liem as a “jewel of a house… unique in Champagne in that it has always only produced a single wine, made from a single village, grape variety and vintage,” while sister house Delamotte has been producing renowned wines from the Côte des Blancs since the 18th century. This dinner highlights Le Mesnil Chardonnay at some of its most pure and dazzling heights. Didier Depond, director of both Salon and Delamotte, will be in attendance to present some of these sister houses’ greatest vintages, almost entirely from magnum, including the ultra-rare Salon 1971. The wines will be paired with a tasting menu prepared by Chef Abram Bissell - recently awarded a second Michelin star - in the The Modern’s beautiful dining room overlooking The Museum of Modern Art’s sculpture garden.

Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV en magnum
Delamotte Blanc de Blancs 2007 en magnum
Salon 2004 en magnum
Salon 2002 en magnum
Salon 1999 en magnum

Salon 1996
Salon 1995 en magnum
Delamotte Collection Blanc de Blancs 1985 en magnum
Salon 1982
Salon 1971 en magnum

Saturday, NOVEMBER 5

Seminar: A Tour of Champagne with Peter Liem
10:30 am - 11:20 am | $95.00
Metropolitan Pavilion | 110 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011

Join Peter Liem for a lively introduction to the wines of Champagne, focusing on terroir, grape varieties, viticulture, cellar practices, and producers.  Guests will taste six wines representing the breadth of the region’s diversity.

Wines TBD

SEMINAR: Dosage Masterclass with Alexandre Chartogne
Moderated by Terry Theise
11:30 AM - 12:20 pM | $125.00

Dosage, unique to sparkling wine, is a complex and important part of the winemaking process. Join Alexandre Chartogne of Champagne Chartogne-Taillet and Champagne expert, importer, and writer, Terry Theise, to examine all aspects of dosage in a practical context. Chartogne will present six Champagnes specially-created and disgorged for La Fête du Champagne, each made from the same base wine, but with variances on sugar levels. The Masterclass offers guests a unique opportunity to taste and understand the crucial role dosage plays in the creation of Champagne.

Seminar: A sommelier's perspective
Moderated by Daniel Johnnes
1:30 PM - 2:20 pM | $125.00

Daniel Johnnes, La Fête du Champagne co-founder, will lead a panel of passionate sommeliers to discuss the role of Champagne in their respective wine programs and offer insights into pairings and service. Wine Directors Patrick Cappiello of Rebelle and Pearl & Ash, David Gordon of Myriad Restaurant Group, Pascaline Lepeltier of Rouge Tomate Chelsea, and Thomas Pastuszak of the NoMad Hotel will each choose one Champagne to pair with a tasting portion of a dish prepared by Chef Andy Bennett of Rouge Tomate. The intricacies of each pairing will be highlighted and accentuated by tasting the Champagnes alone and then again with the selected dish.

Barrat-Masson, Extra Brut Fleur de Craie Bethon NV
Jacquesson, Cuvée 734 Dégorgement Tardif NV
Franck Pascal, Reliance Extra Brut NV
Pierre Péters, Rosé for Albane NV

SEMINAR: Pinot Noir Terroirs
with Michel Drappier, Charles Philipponnat,
and Jean-Baptiste Geoffroy
2:30 PM - 3:20 PM | $95.00

Not all terroirs are created equally for Champagne varieties - this seminar moderated by Peter Liem will examine the soils and climates necessary to grow great Pinot Noir in Champagne. Michel Drappier, Charles Philipponnat, and Jean-Baptiste Geoffroy - producers known for their mastery of Pinot Noir - will each present different examples of their Champagnes.

Drappier, Brut Nature Sans Ajout de Soufre NV
Drappier, Brut Nature Rosé NV
Philipponnat, Blanc de Noirs 1er Cru 2009
Philipponnat, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ Extra Brut 1er Cru 2006
René Geoffroy, Empreinte NV
René Geoffroy, Rosé de Saignée NV

Grand Tasting
3:30 pm — 7:00 pm | $350.00
Metropolitan Pavilion | 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

Guests will enjoy a selection of wines from each attending producer for a total of nearly 100 different Champagnes accompanied by a selection of small plates from some of New York City's top restaurants. Winemakers will be joined by a group of top sommeliers to present the wines and offer their insights. An interactive riddling competition with attending producers will add to the festivities.

Masterclass with Olivier Krug
Krug Champagne paired with caviar & Truffles
by Markus Glocker - Bâtard
6:30 PM — 8:00 PM | $250.00
125 WEST 18TH STREEt, NEW YORK, NY 10011

Krug is one of the most famous names in Champagne, if not the entire world of wine. This is a rare opportunity to experience five Krug Champagnes at a tasting hosted by Olivier Krug himself, the sixth generation of the Krug family, at the helm of this illustrious house. Guests will also enjoy two elegant dishes - one centered around Mottra Caviar and one with truffles - created especially for this event by Chef Markus Glocker of Bâtard to pair with Krug Champagnes.

Krug Grande Cuvée, 163rd Edition
Krug Clos du Mesnil 2002
Krug 2003
Krug 2002
Krug Grande Cuvée, 158th Edition

Sunday, NOVEMBER 6

Le Déjeuner Champenois
with Daniel Boulud & Arnaud Lallement
12:00 pm | $975
DANIEL | 60 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065

The Gala Dinner of previous editions of La Fête is now a Sunday gala lunch at legendary restaurant DANIEL on New York’s Upper East Side. Chef Daniel Boulud will be joined by three-Michelin-starred Chef Arnaud Lallement of l'Assiette Champenoise in Reims to prepare a luxurious Champagne-friendly multi-course menu. In addition to enjoying special bottles provided by all attending producers, guests are invited to bring bottles of Champagne from their cellars to share with the room. This is sure to be a Champagne-soaked celebration with some of the region’s finest winemakers and two of the world’s greatest chefs!

Ticket Packages

Tête de Cuvée Package


Enjoy entry to La Fête du Champagne's Grand Tasting and Déjeuner Champenois at a special price.

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