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little about Bordeaux Wines and the year 2000
Bordeaux, the year 2000 has been declared one of the
great years of the century.
I was in Bordeaux in June for the huge wine exhibition,
VinExpo, which occurs every two years and there was
a buzz about the vintage of 2000 being exceptional.
a tour of his 17th century Châteaux Lassègue,
near Saint Emilion, Erik Freylon pointed out to us the
charts of the weather patterns over many years and said
that by studying these they had found that the year
2000 had the ideal conditions to make it one of the
few really great years of the century.
is very exciting as it gives a really good opportunity
to buy wines from this area, right up to the Medoc at
a good price now, before they are ready to drink, en-primeur
and to keep them for long enough for them to really
appreciate both in value and in taste.
is an absolutely huge exhibition and provides a great
opportunity to meet the growers and our current suppliers
at the same time. It is always very pleasant to re-acquaint
and to try the new vintages. Usually, one or other of
them will introduce us to someone new and interesting;
that is exactly how we found our superb champagne house,
which we now import directly into our warehouse. We
also decided to visit some of the vineyards in the Medoc,
Saint Emilion and Bergerac regions.
is best known for its great red wines; the word Claret
is the English word for the light red wines, which were
called clairet in French.
area is about ninety miles north to south and forty
miles east to west in the Gironde départment
in the south west of France. The rivers Dordogne and
Garonne merge to form the Gironde, which flows out to
sea. To the west and south are Medoc, Graves and Sauternes
and to the north and east are Saint Emilion and Pomerol,
but most of the area is the Entre-Deaux-Mers (between
the two seas/rivers).
the red wines and almost all the whites are the result
of a blend of grape varieties. There are fourteen grape
varieties allowed in the making of Bordeaux wines, the
most used are:
classic blend is Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet
and Wine in Bordeaux
anything goes here as the French in this area will drink
red wine with fish and will soak strawberries in it
and drink the very sweet Sauternes chilled as an aperitif
rather than with the pudding. The area is famous for
oysters and the dry Graves white wines are a perfect
younger red wines are more full in flavour so compliment
stronger flavoured food, but as the years go on, the
wine becomes more refined and it would be a waste not
to be able to appreciate the more subtle flavours with
somewhat lighter food.
article was written for Hub-UK
by Linda Cartwright of Midhurst Wine Shippers
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