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Course: Bordeaux

Class 3: Beyond the Médoc

Regional Comparisons


Tasting Goals
Compare and contrast a trio of reds from Bordeaux's main regions on both the Right and Left Banks. Pay close attention to fruit flavors, tannin levels and structure.

The Three Wines
Purchase three Bordeaux reds.

  • One wine should from one of the Right Bank appellations such as Pomerol or St.-Émilion.
  • One wine should be from Pessac-Léognan in Graves. The blend should rely heavily on Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
  • One wine should be from a Left Bank appellation in the Haut-Médoc. It should be from one of the northern trio of the top four: St.-Estèphe, Pauillac or St.-Julien. The blend should rely heavily on Cabernet Sauvignon.
    • The wines should all be in the...

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