• Real Left Bank Bordeaux Tasting 12/3

    December 3rd at 3pm
    When people say their wine is a left bank or right bank Bordeaux style...do you know what they mean?  Do you think they know what they mean?  Let's look at a few things about the Left Bank of Bordeaux.
    • Left Bank of Bordeaux is home to all of the official 1855 Classified Bordeaux wines.
    • You'll find all of the First Growth Bordeaux on the Left Bank
    • Cabernet Sauvignon is king followed by Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

    There are numerous other cool things as well but for this tasting we'll just skim the top and stick with wines that are mostly Cabernet Sauvignon.  While the Left Bank boast some huge 100 hectare vineyards, the Right Bank is home to much smaller family-owned estates.  The one thing that will stand out for sure is the power these wines have! Full-bodied and elegant!

    We'll have a special guest pouring the wines for us. She's just been to the Left Bank of Bordeaux and told me she will only speak in Pig Latin for the whole tasting so you all better brush up!

    She's even going to spit the wines out in Pig Latin!  She's that good folks!  Here's the trouble we'll be getting into...

     

    2012 Chateau La Croix Bonis, St. EstepheParcels of vines on the Phélan-Ségur estate are used for this second label. The wine, with its firm tannins, is developing well. It has structure and a dense texture along with ripe blackberry fruits and acidity. As it develops, it will be generous and ripe. Drink from 2018 - Wine Enthusiast

    2011 Chateau Teynac, St. JulienThe wine has a pleasant, silky taste with well integrated tannins, light oak and spicy nuances and a long elegant finish, which reveals the colors red and black fruits.

    2012 Brio de Cantenac Brown, Margaux - This beautiful approach as a second label of Chateau Cantenac Brown show's us that there is a little modern style of wine being made in the old world.  Rather than being a wine that you should lay down...they want you to drink this wine young!

    2012 Chateau Duhart-Milon Moulin de Duhart, Pauillac - Light and fragrant, it has freshness, attractive black currant fruit and a good sense of style and poise. For medium-term aging, it should be drunk after 2016. -Wine Enthusiast  **I'm gonna call BS on this tasting note as I have had several bottles of this wine and I think they were totally high when they wrote this...you be the judge though.

    2010 Les Tourelles de Longueville, PauillacThe second wine, the 2010 Les Tourelles de Longueville, is a gorgeous, plump, fat fruit bomb with oodles of black currants, cherries, spice box, roasted herbs and a hint of barbecue smoke. It is a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and like a lot of second wines, is meant to be drunk as soon as it’s released, although it’s capable of lasting at least a decade or more.

    2012 Petit Figeac, Saint-Emilion - Another second label that is to hard to pass up.  Solid, featuring pomegranate, cherry paste and plum flavors, lined with anise, alder and iron notes. Not big, but has range and purity, with fresh fruit lingering on the finish.

     

    There you have it.  Six Left Bank Bordeaux for your tasting pleasures.  Plus we'll have world wine spitting champion Katie Hovind Ghenov freshly back from her Left Bank tour and her amazing skills of describing wines in Pig Latin.  YOU DON"T WANT TO MISS THIS PEOPLE!!

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