Tuesday, January 25, 2011

UGC Bordeaux, 2008

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The Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux is back in Toronto, here we go again.

They're showing 2008 Bordeaux, a vintage that was praised by some as fabulous, derided by others as mediocre. It was certainly an interesting En Primeur campaign - in the midst of a global economic downturn, the French promptly reduced prices by about 40%, with the First Growths leading the way. Of course, Latour was still going for $345, but you get the point. What I thought was my only opportunity to afford a single lot of First Growths was thwarted by proper wine collectors who buy by the case, not by lot. Lesson learned.

Very much looking forward to tonight's tasting at the Four Seasons. Of course, I'll be taking the subway down sober, and returning with blackened teeth, lips, and tongue. Might even get good and tipsy.

Please come back soon for photos from the event, and full tasting notes.

DF

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