In January, Toronto Vintners Club members & guests gathered for a captivating event centered around the legendary 2009 Bordeaux vintage, embarking on a sensory journey that illuminated the nuances of this esteemed region.
The evening commenced with a reception, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy the 2020 Chateau de Birot. This Bordeaux Blanc, crafted primarily from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, delighted the palate with its fresh, crisp fruit flavours, balanced by a creamy mouthfeel that lingered on the finish—a perfect starting wine to the main event.
As the night unfolded, our speaker took center stage and shared the knowledge on the distinctive characteristics of the right and left bank wines. From the gravelly soils of the left bank to the clay and limestone of the right bank, each sip of 8 different wines revealed a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Bordeaux's viticultural landscape.
To enhance the tasting experience, a set of appetizers were served, meticulously paired to complement the diverse profiles of the wines. As guests tasted the wines, they immersed themselves in the essence of Bordeaux, allowing their palates to discern the subtle differences between the regions.
One of the highlights of the evening was the opportunity for each table to rank the wines based on personal preference. Excitement filled the room as the rankings were tallied, leading to an exhilarating moment when both the speaker's and the group's rankings were unveiled.
Among the amazing wine selection, the 2009 La Coupaude, St Emilion GCC emerged as the evening's favorite. With high-toned aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, and smoky oak, this wine captivated with its ripe, chewy palate and nuanced layers of saline, mocha, and chocolate—a true testament to the mastery of Bordeaux winemaking!
Here are the group & guest rankings: