The flight is never good but I know I will not get any sympathy form any of you reading this so why complain? I have arrived three days early in hopes of getting over the jet lag prior to the start of Vinexpo and our yearly tasting adventure. It’s quiet in Margaux at 3:30 am. That says it all. Vinexpo is the world wide wine industry trade show held in Bordeaux every other year. It is a fantastic opportunity for us to taste new wines and meet new winemakers.
We will be tasting the 2010’s this year and even some of the 2011’s . 2010 is another fantastic vintage following the massive 2009’s. At the Grand Cru tasting in New York in January I was very impressed with the 2010’s and I am really looking forward to tasting the wines from lesser known properties that we will be tasting this week. The big difference between the 2009’s and the 2010’s is that the 2010’s can be enjoyed now. At least that was my impression in January; We’ll see how they show up this week.
2011 will be another story. We will have to look very carefully to find wines that make the grade for the club from that vintage and it won’t be easy.
Monday is the big day. Bill arrives in the morning and we will have our work cut out for us. Tastings for the Medoc, Listrac and Cru Bourgeois are all on Monday, plus we have been invited to dinner at Chateau Chasse Spleen ( I can’t wait). We have never been invited to any of the big dinners at the chateaux in previous years and this year we are going to dinner every night so it is quite exciting. I’ll let you know how it goes but I am looking forward to tasting some wonderful wines.
Tuesday is the St Estephe tasting and Wednesday is Sauterne and Pommerol. In between those group tasting events we will be meeting with individual winemakers and searching for new wines for the club. I am on a quest for a great Sauterne for the Union League (and also the club) so we will see what we can find.
Until next time,