An education on Bordeaux

So to celebrate finishing our first year of school, Billo had a Bordeaux tasting. We were assigned different regions to bring wine from, preferably 2003, 1995 or 1996 (the best recent years for Bordeaux). Order of serving was from right bank to left bank, shown below:

2002 Clos. Rene, Pomerol*
2003 Ch. Quinault “l’Enclos”, St. Emilion Grand Cru
2003 Ch. Giscours, Margaux
2003 Ch. Gloria, St. Julien
1993 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac*
1990 Phelan Segur, St. Estephe*
* indicates they were true to type

My tasting notes in summary were the Pomerol had soft round tannins, light bodied with a candied berry taste. The St. Emilion smelled the most New World initially with a significant amount of oak, but after an hour or two it lightened up. The Margaux had a slight playdough smell and the St. Julien was slightly butter-like. The Pauillac was dried leaf, tea, some chocolate. It was more astringent than expected for its age and transformed in the mouth with steak. The St. Estephe had a tomato leaf smell, almost glycerin texture with round tannins and a long finish.

The creative part was that then we were tested on bordeauxs blind, to see if we could determine the location. I have to admit I’d stopped guessing after a while and just drank! However it was a great wine education night thanks to Billo and our fellow grad students.


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