Andrea Immer: Bordeaux Tastings

Master Sommelier Andrea Immer discusses the difference in taste and style of two different Chateau Lagrange Bordeaux vintages.

Master Sommelier Andrea Immer discusses the difference in taste and style of two different Chateau Lagrange Bordeaux vintages.

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[MUSIC] I wanted to do a little mini vertical because we talk about the ageability of Bordeaux. So we have Chateau Lagrange. A third growth. And this is one of my favorites because it is so well made, year in and year out. Even in the poor vintages they do a great job. And it's still affordable. 2002, another Malines vintage. They made probably the best wine of the vintage. This is my personal opinion. And then we have an outstanding vintage 1995 right? So we're tasting a wine with quite a bit of bottle age from a great vintage. Because I want you to be able to see what Great Bordo can do with time. So take a look at the two of them side by side against a white background, and you're gonna see just the barest hint of development of color on the 96 because it's a great year. When there are outstanding vilalges. They simply don't devleop as fast. So that's why some people say a great Bordeaux can age 30 years, 50 years. In some cases longer than that. Go ahead and smelll wine number five. Beautiful. I'll say [UNKNOWN], blackberry, a very spicy, pretty sort of sweet spice character. Little more of that roasted coffee bean, also even almost a bit of mint, and again, vanilla. Go ahead and smell the last one, the 1995. [MUSIC] Completely different. Now what's dominating here? Previously I'd say it was concise fruit, rIght? What's dominating here? Everything but. Cedar. What a lot of people sort of can't quite get their head around, but pencil lead or pencil shaving and there's still gorgeous fruit there But the other stuff that they call the tertiary aromas that develop with time are there. So go ahead and try number five. [MUSIC] Now try the 95. You can even taste the cedar there, right. Cedar, sandalwood, leather. Well, it just goes to show you that there are virtues in both styles. I think they were great, don't you? [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]
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Andrea Immer: Bordeaux Tastings


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