Saturday, January 30, 2010

UGC Bordeaux in Toronto

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As I've written about over the past few weeks, The Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux hosted a tasting of the 2007 vintage in Bordeaux this past Sunday, January 24. It was a great event, as it was my first opportunity to taste this vintage. I've been following it since before the En Primeur campaign began, and even though it's been panned by a few critics as a weak vintage, I tried to keep an open mind and taste for myself. And, like an idiot, I had bought a lot of the wines, in particular white wines (dry and sweet).

I wanted to focus on the white wines. And they didn't disappoint. The dry white wines were just incredible. Fresh, focused, with an extraordinary length and intensity. The sweet white wines weren't as impressive, but we were tasting them at a very premature stage. Red wines were unimpressive. However, it should be understood that these wines don't really show their character until after a few years in the bottle. Any attempts to judge them now are extremely premature and misguided.

It was a good crowd there. Really excited to see a lot of the Bordelais and directors from the châteaux pour their wines. We had to hustle a bit, but we managed to taste through nearly all the 120+ wines. Unfortunately, Pontet Canet and Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande was gone by the time we reached their tables. Nevertheless, I came away with a much greater idea of what the vintage was (at 2 years age), and what I can expect when I begin taking delivery of my order this spring.

The following pieces will compile all my tasting notes, by region. As I wasn't able to spend a lot of time with each wine, my notes are short and quite clipped. Nevertheless, I think they portray what the overall impression was from each region.


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