Fine Wine Course 2: Loire, Bordeaux (White Wines, dry and Sweet)
The white wines of Bordeaux and The Loire make for interesting points of contrast because they demonstrate the impact that latitude has on wine style. What the two regions have in common are Sauvignon Blanc, the sole grape for much of the Loire's dry white wines, and a principal grape for much of Bordeaux's dry whites; plus sweet wines - from Sauternes in Bordeaux, from Anjou and Touraine in The Loire.
Their major difference is that the Loire wine regions are three degrees latitude, 100 kilometres / 60 miles or so, further north, making for a cooler climate and wines with a livelier acidity to taste. We will see clear differences of quality between the two dry, and between the two sweet white Bordeaux; clear generic differences of style between both the sweet and the dry wines of the two regions. And we will see the subtleties of bouquet and overall harmony that bottle age gives to a 17 year old Sancerre, an 18 year old Savennières, and to a 25 year old Vouvray. Here too, top producers.
There will be a basic Facts and Figures sheet for the Loire.
2010 Pouilly Fumé (Ch. de Tracy)
1996 Sancerre Les Monts Damnées (Cotat)
2010 Ch. La Garde; Graves, Pessac-Léognan
2007 Dom. de Chevalier; Pessac-Léognan
1995 Savennières Coulée de Serrant (Joly)
1988 Vouvray Moelleux Clos du Bourg (Huet)
2005 Ch. de Fèsles; Bonnezeaux
2001 Ch. Nairac; 2ième Cru Classé, Barsac
1998 Ch. d'Yquem; First Growth Sauternes
9 Wines, plus Canapés ...... £98