Thrilling suggestions following the unusually profitable EHL distant wine tasting session with EHL’s Affiliate Professor, Dr Philippe Masset.

HyFlex wine tasting
Passionate in-class discussions awaits every cohort of the Wine Economics & Finance course at EHL. This yr sadly, the course was held remotely making it inconceivable to conduct the same old tastings. However, a compelling various, which exploits the probabilities and immediacy of exchanges provided by the HyFlex instructing mannequin was created along with the scholars. Particularly, a optimistic class dynamic was maintained by way of the sharing of wine experiences and tastings through the web chat operate of MS Groups. What’s extra, it allowed us to concoct a singular record of depraved and typically various wines that we fortunately share with the readers of this text.
With a scholar physique of 120+ nationalities, the wines tasted by the Wine Econ & Finance group weren’t solely various by way of origins, but additionally kinds and costs. Unsurprisingly, Bordeaux was a gorgeous appellation to the cohort. Highlights embody Boyd-Cantenac 2005 and Fontenil 1999, each on the apex of their consuming plateau, while Pontet Canet and Figeac 2014 demonstrated the potential of this usually neglected but completely balanced classic.
As an indication of the occasions, a number of second wines had been tasted and totally appreciated. Amongst these, Clos Canon 2009 revealed a very fascinating high quality on high of an interesting pleasure-price tradeoff. Wines from the closer-to-Switzerland areas of Burgundy and Rhône Valley additionally seemed to be notably pleasurable for our college students. To appoint a number of for the consideration of our reader’s cellars: Domaine Jacques Prieur’s Beaune premier cru 2009, Domaine Durand’s Saint Joseph Les Coteaux 1999, Paul Jaboulet Ainé’s Les Cassines 2015.
Different areas, particularly Vaud, Piedmont and Tuscany had been additionally very effectively represented. Extra “unique” wines from the USA, Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa, Slovakia and even Czech Republic had been additionally found on this expedition of appellations.
Did you say apéro?
Apart from the origin of a wine, the inspiration resulting in a tasting is fascinating to research. In these occasions of pandemic and social distancing, wine lends itself to an excellent second with the enhances of family and friends. As one scholar aptly suggests, “by no means skip apero hour”! With one other including “what else than an excellent Chasselas from Domaine du Daley with a number of mates to start out the weekend quietly?”. The Grenache blanc Vieilles Vignes from Clos des Fées additionally supplies a near-perfect “mid-afternoon apéro to share with an excellent pal”. If solely due to its identify, the cuvée En Attendant les copains (Domaine du Petit Oratoire) deserves its place on this article, “evenly effervescent, [it] tastes just like the earth after the rain”.
Sources of inspiration
With the repatriation of spring, the will for a BBQ rises from the ashes and as our college students came upon, some wines pair notably effectively with grilled meat, corresponding to a Cahors from Chateau Lagrezette. In an analogous fashion, the Cuvée Les Vignals from L’Ostal Levant appears greater than recommendable, “quick maceration and subsequently very juicy, such as you’d seize a handful of ripe grapes and some darkish berries and squeeze the juice out. You can actually drink this endlessly.”
Curiously, it appears that evidently some college students additionally discovered their interior Molière on the backside of some vintages… Visitor audio system supply one other supply of inspiration, as one group of scholars famous “after the presentation from Dr. Häberle, we had a robust yearning for Italian wines”. A Moscato d’Asti from Saracco and a Barbaresco Rombone from Luigi Oddero appear to have been notably appreciated on this context. A number of different Italian wines had been additionally very a lot loved: a pleasant Barbera d’Asti from Tenuta Olim Bauda with distinctive aromas of untamed strawberry, in addition to a robust and daring Merlot from Vigna Fodera (the Marsala space in Sicily) displaying “aromas of ripe cherries, plum and chocolate”.
Again to nature
This record could be incomplete had been it not for the corporate of some natural, nature and so-called orange wines – typically from obscure origins. Many native producers try their hand at this novelty of wine. Of explicit observe is Laura Paccot, an EHL alumni, who produces wines which are as elegant as they’re advanced. Markedly, Her Gamay shows attractive fragrances of pink currant and cherry. One scholar, keen on nature wines praised two wines from Strekov and Milan Nestarec wineries situated in Slovakia and Czech Republic respectively. The previous is “simple to drink, fruity, earthy but mild. Little spicy after style as it’s a pure wine”, whereas the latter parades as a “mild rosé (direct press pink mix and a few riesling fermenting on skins) with some pink fruit notes and good minerality. Good summer season wine”. Lastly the cuvée Nur (Trebbiano, Verdicchio, Malvasia) from La Distesa “leads to a really approachable orange wine, mineral, cloudy, citrusy”.
Sure wines transcend an outline of “pleasurable” – they unearth feelings, as found through the scholars’ anecdotes shared on MS Groups. Clearly, they’re very private however listed below are a number of:

Château d’Yquem: a particular wine for particular events.

Chateau Bon Pasteur: a small but extremely qualitative property from Pomerol.

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance: for some good reminiscences from AP.

Barolo from Elio Sandri: for his or her sense of terroir.

Meyer-Näkel, us de la meng: described as “our household favourite… at all times jogs my memory of dwelling and lengthy and late evenings”.
Final however not least, the Professor’s favourite is Irma la douce, a poetic mix of mint, lavender and different mountain herbs from Al Canton, a tea producer situated in Val Poschiavo. Alas, the record is at an finish however it’s not tough to grasp {that a} good wine shared with a pal could assist transcend by way of thick and skinny, the burden of a pandemic.