The Original Grand Crus of Bourgogne
Charles Curtis, MWs latest book, The Original Grands Crus of Burgundy, is a translation from works describing and classifying the vineyards of the Cte dOr written prior to the establishment of todays system of Appellation dOrigine Contrle in 1936 and a discussion of how they compare to the modern system. For centuries, a number of authors ranging from learned amateurs to experienced professionals weighed in with their thoughts. Translations from the most notable of these works form the backbone of the present work More than a dusty history lesson, The Original Grands Crus of Burgundy provides a roadmap for the discovery of forgotten gems, hidden in plain sight, which Charles will share with us.
Presenter: Charles Curtis MW
Charles Curtis MW is the founder of CurtisMW, a fine wine advisory serving private, trade and institutional clients with an interest in the market for fine and rare wine. Former Head of Wine for Christies in both Asia and the Americas and a Certified Member of the Appraiser's Association of America, Mr. Curtis has a wealth of experience with the worlds most luxurious wine, and deep contacts with the collectors who love them and the people who sell them. Curtis joined Christies in 2008 from LVMH, where he had held the post of Director of Wine and Spirit Education for Moet Hennessy USA. He has held a variety of posts in the wine trade over the years, and his professional career began as a chef who trained at the Cordon Bleu Paris, working in restaurants around the world.
Curtis earned his Diploma from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust of London, and in October 2004 became the 22nd Master of Wine in the United States. Through the years, he has garnered a number of honors, including the prestigious Bourse Andr Crispin in 2002, presented by the Commanderie de Bordeaux aux Etats-Unis, of which he is now a member, along with the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne. He is a member of the board of the Institute of Masters of Wine (North America) and continues to work on their behalf, speaking at their annual Education Seminar and helping to organize events such as the Institutes Annual Champagne Tasting which he founded. Curtis has been a guest lecturer at a number of universities, and is presently a guest professor at the University of Jinan Quancheng College in Penglai, China.