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Bordeaux : left bank versus right bank

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Bordeaux is one of the world's greatest classic wines regions with traditions stretching back hundreds of years. The best wines made here have tremendous longevity and with time, often decades, will develop a level of complexity and finesse that make them unsurpassed.

The majority of the red wines made in the region are blends of 4 four main grape varieties in various proportions: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

We shall start the tasting by trying 100% single variety wines for each of these grape varieties so that we can familiarise ourselves with the aromas and flavours we can expect from them.

We will then proceed to taste what I hope will be a good representative bottle from each of the 7 main Bordeaux communes in which the greatest wines are found:

- Left bank: Pauillac, St Julien, Margaux, Graves (Pessac-Leognan) and St Estephe.

- Right bank: Pomerol, St Emilion

The quality of any given wine in the area is an intriguing combination of vintage, terroir, the proportions of each of grape variety in the blend and wine making skill. There are undoubtedly wine makers who can still produce a reasonable wine in a bad vintage but also others who under perform and make lesser wines in great vintages, but that is all part of the fun.

We will discuss some of the attempts made to classify and grade the wines of the region, most notably the famous 1855 classification, which will give some context to what we are tasting.

The cost of the tasting will be about £20 per person depending on the number of people we get. Cost of the wines will be about £350.

This session has been prepared and will be animated by Rob.

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