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Sunday, November 7, 2010
Oct 19/10: "Bordeaux Under One Roof", tasting under $30 Bordeaux
The Time and Date: Monday, October 18, 2010
The Event: "Bordeaux Under One Roof" trade tasting of Bordeaux wines under $30.
The Venue: St. Andrews Club, King and University
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available or will be soon.
The Quote/Background: the major problem with this wine tasting is that the wines pretty much all tasted the same: generic Bordeaux from the same vintages. Within this price range, there is not much wiggle room. It is best to taste these wines in a neutral situation, to ponder their qualities and look for defining character. But we never had that situation this year. Some good wines stood out, and these have been indicated below.
The Wines: I tasted all 59 wines; there were products from 20 agents.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Chateau Le Menaudat 2005 Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux, $15.95 Consignment
The Food: there were three tables. One with white wines (seafood, mostly), another with red wines (duck confit, charcuteries, tartare, cheeses, etc.), and one with the sole Sauterne (cakes and pastries).
The Downside: there was no media table this year, which would have allowed us to sit and ponder the wines at our own pace.
The Upside: a good opportunity to catch up with current generic Bordeaux.
The Contact Person: Valerie.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 86.