Online Charity Bordeaux Tasting!
What makes the Bordeaux blend so special? When should you drink that Protected content you've been saving? Why do we call it "claret"? Where is the left bank? Who decided which estates can be called “cru”? How can you choose a good Bordelais wine?
These and all your other questions will be answered as we taste Bordeaux wine together, online.
Find a bottle of white and another of red from this most famous of regions (suggestions below) and allow me to show you the maps, charts, photos and labels that will explain everything. You will finally understand this complex and historic wine. Anything still unclear? Ask away!
Suggested White: a dry white from Entre-Deux-Mers will be citrusy, fresh and good value – generally 100% Sauvignon Blanc. A little more expensive are blends (Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and sometimes Muscadelle) from Côtes de Bordeaux, especially those that mention “Blaye”. Pricier still are oak-aged examples from Graves.
Red: Generic AOC Bordeaux, Supérieur, can be good if you are lucky. Again I think there is great value in bottles that carry “Bourg” or “Blaye” mentions – and also Cru Bourgeois. Graves costs a little more, and is usually worth it. At higher price points, the more specific right-bank regions like St Emillion are mostly Merlot, while the very expensive left-bank regions such as Médoc, St Estèphe, Pauillac etc tend to have a large dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon as well. Try to avoid Protected content , Protected content anything younger than Protected content .
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