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Exemplary 2001 Grand Cru Burgundy Pinot Noirs land on NZ Soil

Wines from some of the world’s most elite wine estates have arrived in New Zealand.

The five 2001 Grand Cru Burgundies, including wines from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Domaine Comtes Georges de Vogüé – are the highlight of the 2009 Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration Formal Tasting. The Celebration will be held in Queenstown, New Zealand on 30th and 31st January 2009.

A stimulation presentation on the Burgundian Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system will be lead by world-renowned wine experts Jasper Morris MW, Neal Martin and Jancis Robinson MW. A formal tasting of the five wines will follow: Domaine Trapet Père & Fils, Domaine Dujac, Domaine Comtes Georges de Vogüé, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Bouchard Père et Fils.

This will be a special opportunity to examine the social and political environment at the time of the AOC’s creation and the AOC’s contemporary applications to present-day Pinot Noir producers.

In addition to the Formal Tasting and the excellent line-up of world-renowned wine experts, the Celebration also includes a Grand Tasting of over 40 Central Otago Pinot Noirs. The tasting will be divided alphabetically by winery into morning and afternoon sessions and each company will present their current vintage as well as one previous vintage.

World-class wines demand world-class cuisine, and Queenstown’s top chefs will deliver just that over two gourmet-filled days. We are privileged to have celebrated chef Martin Bosley from Martin Bosley’s Yacht Club Restaurant, Wellington (Supreme Winner – Restaurant of the Year, Cuisine magazine 2007) will prepare the Grand Dinner in one of the most stunning dining locations you are ever likely to experience.

Two hundred delegates from around the world descent on Queenstown for the event, in its 7th year. Past media and VIP attendees have included premier Burgundy critic, Allen Meadows; acclaimed wine author, judge and founder of Coldstream Hills winery in Victoria, James Halliday; Singapore-based publisher, lawyer, writer and tasting panel judge, CH'NG Poh Tiong; and Executive Director of the San Francisco International Wine Competition, Anthony Dias Blue.

For registration information, please visit www.pinotcelebration.co.nz or contact:

Catherine Badrak Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration committee – Marketing & Media Email: Phone: +64 (0)21 752 434

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