Oh how I love France. I’ve been a Francophile since I can remember, and it only increased after catching the wine bug. I’m blessed to have traveled to France many times exploring many of their wine regions, but I have yet to go to Bordeaux. Well this past week, Bordeaux came to me!
More than 30 chateaux from Bordeaux stopped in Orlando during their “North American Tour”. This night’s tasting was sponsored by ABC Fine Wine and Spirits. Representing these chateaux were owners, winemakers, marketing reps and some distributors. None of the First Growths were there for tasting, but many of the other Growths, as well as some lovely Cru Bourgeois and fabulous wines from the Right Bank!
Almost all of the wines being poured were from the 2012 vintage. Here are some of my favorites of the evening:
2012 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (2nd Growth from Pauillac) – Winemaker Jean-René Matignon was pouring his lovely 2012, which is comprised of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. On the nose are tobacco, forest floor, blackberry and black cherry. The palate has the dark fruit, cassis and vanilla. The finish seems to go on and on and on.
2012 Château Lynch-Bages (5th Growth from Pauillac) – This needs time, but oh it will be worth the wait. Made from 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, some earth and licorice come through on the nose. The palate is rich and yet fresh, with dark fruit and a touch of baking spices.
2012 Château Clinet – From Pomerol on the Right Bank, this wine is a blend of 90% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc. With aromas of cherry, wet earth and licorice, the palate explodes with black cherry and blackberry. There is a hint of chocolate on the finish as well.
2012 Château Gazin– Again from Pomerol and considered one of the great wines of Bordeaux. Christophe de Bailliencourt, the delightful Co-Owner and Co-Manager of Château Gazin, was pouring their lovely wine. Gazin is located in the eastern part of the Pomerol plateau. The 26-hectare vineyard adjoins the vineyards of L’Evangile and Petrus. On the nose are cassis, blackberry and smoke. Chocolate covered black cherry and the cassis and blackberry come through on the palate, leaving a long and lush finish.
Truthfully, there wasn’t a dud at this tasting. I wish I had room to write about them all. Perhaps I’ll do that as they have more time in the bottle.
Meanwhile if this tasting comes anywhere near you and you’re a lover of the wines of Bordeaux, don’t miss it. For me it was a night that won’t be forgotten. I have a feeling that my next adventure in France will include a visit to Bordeaux!