The Formidable 2015 Bordeaux Preview Masterclass

24 February 2018 | 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM GMT+1
Gallery Lounge 1
Kurhausstrasse 65, 8032 Zürich


Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
Editor-in-Chief and Reviewer
Born and raised in rural Maine, USA, Lisa graduated from Colby College, ME, with degrees in English Literature and Performing Arts. Her wine career began by happenstance when, living as a struggling playwright in London after college, she was offered a job as the manager of a wine bar. Upon acquiring the position, she promptly enrolled for classes at the WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) and continued her studies with them until achieving the institution’s highest accreditation level: Diploma. Lisa progressed through wine sales and marketing roles in the UK wine trade throughout the ‘90s and early noughties before moving to Tokyo in 2002, where she worked as a wine buyer for one of Japan's top fine wine importers and a wine educator at Tokyo's Academie du Vin. In 2008, Lisa moved to Singapore and began writing a column for Robert Parker’s website, Later that year she achieved her Master of Wine (MW) qualification and the Madame Bollinger Medal for excellence in wine tasting. In 2013, she became the Editor-in-Chief for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and She is also the publication’s critic for the wines of Bordeaux, Napa Valley and Sonoma County Bordeaux Varieties. In 2015, Lisa’s first book, Taste Like a Wine Critic: A Guide to Understanding Wine Quality, was published. Recently, she relocated to Napa, California, to set up the new office for The Wine Advocate. She now lives in Napa with her British husband, two young daughters, their Border Collie and three sheep.
Veronique Sanders
Managing Director
Managing Director Veronique Sanders is the grand-daughter of Daniel Sanders, one of the great wine merchants of Bordeaux. Inspired by the 1945 vintage, he ultimately bought the estate in 1955 and launched a program to restore Haut-Bailly to the level of quality that it had enjoyed before the war and subsequent depression. In 1998, American banker Robert Wilmers and his wife Elizabeth entered the picture and continued investing in the agenda that Daniel’s Haut-Bailly had become known for. After Daniel retired, his grand-daughter Veronique was brought in as Managing Director and, by all accounts, the quality of wine has leapt tremendously ever since.
Alexander van Beek
Alexander arrived at Château Giscours by chance. Looking for an internship to complete his Master's degree in finance and marketing, in 1995, he receives a phone call from Eric Albada, owner of the Château and incidentally close to his father, who offers him to do the harvest. He discovers the wine trades, and climbs the ladder to the management. He likes to compare his job to that of a father, who accompanies his children until their flight. The bottles remain in the cellar while they mature, and after a gestation under high surveillance, they fly on their own
Frédéric LOSPIED
Export Manager
Frédéric Faye
Frédéric Faye is a graduate engineer from ENITA Bordeaux. After an experience in Argentina, he has been present for 15 years at FIGEAC, where he was Head of Culture and then Technical Director. He manages and set the level of the viticultural and vinicole, as of that of the management of the company and the field. In particular at the level of the marketing of the wines, it will intervene in the respect of the directives impelled by Mrs Thierry MANONCOURT, Hortense IDOINE MANONCOURT and Jean-Valmy NICOLAS.


The Bordeaux 2015 vintage has made its mark with enthusiastic wine makers citing the "perfect" growing season or a healthy quality of grapes and electing not to make a second wine, while Wine Advocate critic Neal Martin commented: "What marks out 2015 is that there were half-a-dozen properties where there was a conjunction of a nigh perfect growing season, specific terroirs and grape varieties, exceptional winemaking skills... think of 2015 as a narrow pyramid". Here's a unique preview of the top of the 2015 pyramid.