This past Saturday Keith Garrett and his fiancée Kelsey hosted the February MPA Wine Tasting. I organized a blind tasting of 3 Bordeaux reds, and 2 sweet whites, one from Sauternes and the other from Jurançon. I had originally intended to do a classic Bordeaux horizontal tasting but due to our limited budget and the limited selection at La Grande Epicerie, this proved impossible. Nonetheless, the tasting proved to be quite interesting and loads of fun, as always.
Regional Overview …
Saint-Estèphe AOC (1,230 hectares) is the Northern most grand cru commune in the Rive Gauche’s Haut-Medoc. The wine production is exclusively dry red wine, made from predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Carménère is permitted but virtually non-existent. The wine is characteristically more hefty and tannic than Saint-Julien and Margaux, often expressing good structure and notes of cassis.
Saint-Emilion AOC (5,330 hectares), on the Rive Droite, makes exclusively dry red wine from the same varietals as Saint-Estèphe, however, Merlot is the dominant grape. The wine is characteristically rich, with supple tannins, earthiness, good complexity, vanilla, cedar, chocolate, brambleberry and plum notes. (more…)