April Tasting: Bordeaux: 2005 - the finest vintage in modern times!

  • April 18, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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By popular request, this month we’ll be winding our way through Bordeaux!

Bordeaux has been the source of the most prestigious wines in the world from Roman times right up to today.  The 2005 vintage is a true contender for the finest vintage from Bordeaux in modern times and the wines are just starting to become approachable.  We’ll examine the reasons why this vintage is held in such high regard and we’ll learn about the unique terrior, climate, geography of Bordeaux.  We’ll also look at the Bordeaux grape varieties and how they are carefully blended to make balanced and structured wines with complex aromas and concentrated flavors.  Finally, we’ll unravel the complex framework of regulations and classification systems.

All of the wines that we’ll be sampling are from the 2005 vintage!

Cost per person, depending on attendance, will be $20 per person.  Please bring a few extra $1 bills just in case we have less than 18 attendees.  Also, please bring an appetizer to share.  Here are a few appetizer ideas:  Gruyère, Morbier, Camembert or Gouda cheeses, cured or smoked meats, stuffed or fried eggplant, crostini with goat cheese, mushroom and blue cheese napoleons, mushroom phyllo cups, mushroom tarts, cassoulet, pâté, blackberries or black cherries, red wine poached pears, or chocolate.

As a reminder, we are trying to concentrate on smelling wine, not one another. So please no perfume, cologne, body spray, aromatic hair gel or other strong fragrances.

Please note, this meetup group is designed for members and potential members of the American Wine Society. If you are not already an AWS member, you can attend 2 home events with the AWS Worcester meetup group before joining AWS (for insurance reasons).  For more info on American Wine Society membership and benefits, click here. We'd love to have you become a member of the AWS!  

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  • Mary A.

    Thanks to our wonderful hosts and Joe for all his time spent on researching the Bordeaux region and for the fine selection of wines he chose for the tasting.

    2 · April 19, 2014

  • Jean

    Thanks to the great hosts and Joe for a great presentation!

    2 · April 19, 2014

  • Jerry R.

    Great presentation and outstanding wines, I scored all 13.5 to 16. Of course, all of the great people made it wonderful.

    5 · April 19, 2014

  • Joe P.

    The wines for Friday represent some of the most important areas for red wine in Bordeaux:

    2005 Château du Glana, Saint-Julien, Cru Bourgeois Supérieur
    2005 Château Coutet, Saint-Émilion, Grand Cru
    2005 Château Chasse-Spleen, Moulis en Médoc, Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel
    2005 Château Marbuzet, Saint-Estèphe, Grand Bourgeois Exceptionnel
    2005 Château Haut-Vigneau, Passac-Léognan Graves
    2005 Château Réveil de Diane, Pomerol
    2005 Château Mongravey, Margaux, Cru Bourgeois
    2005 Château Clerc Milon, Pauillac, Grand Cru Classé, Cinquième Cru

    April 15, 2014

  • Susan Bonci D.

    This tasting sounds so exquisite, wishing I could be there. Happy to see the reminder about fragrances around food and wine. Have a great time.

    April 14, 2014

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