Fine Wine Course 3: Red Bordeaux - Claret

5th Feb 2014 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Bordeaux is a large wine producing area. Even when the traffic is light it will likely take you, from central Bordeaux, a good half hour to drive to Pauillac in the north, St Emilion in the east, Sauternes in the south - three of its principal outposts. Its red wines are all made from a blend of grape varieties, largely because of the need to plant different varietals in the differing soils across the region, different grapes flourishing more or less, according to the soils they are planted in.

This has resulted in a fundamental divide between the so called Right Bank (St Emilion, Pomerol) and Left Bank (St Estèphe, Pauillac, St Julien, Margaux, Graves) wines, the former based on Merlot, the latter on Cabernet Sauvignon. And it is this difference that provides the core style contrast to this tasting. Whilst the quality hierarchy is explored in the differences between the 'commune' wines and the 'Classed Growths'. Bottle age, going back 23 years, once again plays an important role in tasting pleasure, the 89 Pape Clement and 90 Las Cases are two clarets in glorious full maturity.

We will also explore the why and wherefore of Blind Tasting.


There will be a basic Facts and Figures sheet for Bordeaux.


2008 Ch. Moulin St Georges; St Emilion


2000 Ch. La Tour Figeac; Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion


1998 Ch. La Fleur Petrus; Pomerol


1989 Ch. Pibran; Pauillac


1989 Ch. Pape-Clément; Cru Classé, Graves


1990 Ch. Léoville Las Cases; 2nd, St Julien


Plus two wines to taste blind


8 Wines, plus Canapés ...... £98

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