|I was just weeks away from delivering a Christie’s Champagne Masterclass to a sell-out audience. The problem was, I'd be so busy with book-writing deadlines that nothing was in
place and no theme had been decided. Lucy Marshall, the marketing manager at Christie’s Education, was diplomatically fending off enquiries from ticketholders who, not unreasonably, wanted to know
what they would be getting for their money.
There is a plot
of land in Champagne so blessed in
location and aspect that it can achieve a
good level of natural ripeness year in and
year out: Clos des Goisses. Then I
remembered Charles Philipponnat being
unable to supply some old vintages for a
dinner because he had "so few left," but
saying that he might change his mind for a
"special" tasting. So I fired off an e-mail to
see if my Christie’s Champagne Masterclass
was "special" enough.
After a flurry of e-mails, the deal was
done, and with it the sigh of relief from
Christie’s Education was almost audible.