Bordeaux Wine Tasting Summary

What an incredible time we had on our Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour, put on by The Bordeaux Wine Experience. Great hosts, friendly co-participants, incredible wines and an excellent learning and tasting experience. In summary of our blogs on this adventure, we tasted the following wines:

Day 1: Masterclass Tasting and Wine and Cheese Dinner (and our blog describing this day)

  • Jean Louis Ballarin Brut, AOC Crémant de Bordeaux
  • Chateau Cap de Mourlin 2003, AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru
  • Château Camensac 2003, 5e Grand Cru Classé, AOC Haut Médoc
  • Château Soutard 2000, Grand Cru Classé, AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru
  • Château Camensac 2000, 5e Grand Cru Classé, AOC Haut Médoc
  • Château Saint Pierre 1989, 4e Grand Cru Classé, AOC Saint Julien
  • Alvear Pedro Xeminez 1927, Dulce Viejo, Denominacion de Origen

Day 2: The Medoc Region (and our blog describing this day)

  • Château d’Armailhac 2014, 5e Grand Cru Classé, AOC Pauillac
  • Chateau Clerc Milon 2014, 5e Grand Cru Classé, AOC Pauillac
  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2014, 1e Grand Cru Classé, AOC Pauillac
  • Le Blanc de Chateau Prieuré-Lichine 2014, AOC Bordeaux
  • Château Prieuré-Lichine 2007, 4e Grand Cru Classé, AOC Margaux
  • Château Prieuré-Lichine 2009, 4e Grand Cru Classé, AOC Margaux
  • Château Prieuré-Lichine 2000, 4e Grand Cru Classé, AOC Margaux, Served from Double Magnum
  • Château d’Issan 2011, 3e Grand Cru Classé, AOC Margaux

Day 3: The Market, Cooking Class and Afternoon in Bordeaux (and our blog describing this day)

  • Rosé de la Solitude 2013 from Magnum, AOC Bordeaux Rosé
  • Voiles de Floridene 2013 (white), AOC Graves
  • Clos des Lune d’Argent 2013, AOC Bordeaux
  • Castillio de Monjardin El Cerezo 2013, Navarra
  • Chateau Marquis d’Alesme 2005, 3e Grand Cru Classé, AOC Margaux
  • Chateau Margaux 1998, 1er Grand Cru Classé, AOC Margaux
  • 2015 Chateau Suau 2001, 2e Grand Cru Classé, AOC Sauternes
  • Bas-Armagnac Francis Darroze 1999 Domaine Couzard Lassalle, AOC Bas-Armagnac

Day 4: Southern Bordeaux: Graves and Sauternes (and our blog describing this day)

  • Château La Mission Haut Brion 2007, Grand Cru Classé de Graves, AOC Pessac-Léognan
  • Château Haut Brion 2007, 1e Grand Cru Classé, AOC Pessac-Léognan
  • La Parde de Haut Bailly 2012 (second wine of Chateau Haut Bailly, Grand Cru Classé), AOC Pessac-Léognan
  • Chateau Haut Bailly 2012, Grand Cru Classé, AOC Pessac-Léognan
  • The Bordeaux Grand Cru Harvest Tour September 2015 at First Growth Haut Brion Champagne Pol Roger, Extra Cuvée de Reserve, AOC Champagne
  • La Parde de Haut Bailly 2011 (second wine of Chateau Haut Bailly, Grand Cru Classé), AOC Pessac-Léognan
  • Chateau Haut Bailly 2008, Grand Cru Classé, AOC Pessac-Léognan
  • Chateau Haut Bailly 2007, Grand Cru Classé, AOC Pessac-Léognan
  • Chateau d’Yquem 2005, 1e Grand Cru Classé Supérieur, AOC Sauternes
  • Chateau Chantegrive 2012 (Blanc), AOC Graves
  • Mademoiselle “L” 2012 par Chateau La Lagune, AOC Haut Medoc
  • Château Larrivet Haut Brion 2006, AOC Pessac-Léognan
  • Chateau Doisy-Dubroca 2010, 2er Grand Cru Classé, AOC Sauternes

Day 5: Right Bank (and our blog describing this day)

  • Shibumi Knoll Chardonnay 2007, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, USA, which is exactly the type of big, oaky, buttery chardonnay that we used to love, but from which we have since moved away;
  • Justin Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Paso Robles, USA
  • Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Walla Walla Valley, WA, USA
  • Spotswoode Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley, USA
  • Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Lewis Cellars, Napa Valley, USA, huge, very age-worthy Lewis Reserve
  • Silver Oak 2006, Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma, USA
  • Figgens 2009, a Bordeaux-style blend from Walla Walla Valley, WA, USA
  • Chateau Carbonnieux 2009 (Blanc), Grand Cru Classé de Graves, AOC Pessac-Léogan
  • Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2004, 1er Grand Cru Classé, AOC Pauillac
  • Chateau Latour 1994, 1er Grand Cru Classé, AOC Pauillac
  • Chateau d’Yquem 1995, 1e Grand Cru Classé Supérieur, AOC Sauternes

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