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Course: Bordeaux

Class 1: Bordeaux

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Tasting Goals
Compare and contrast wines at various quality and price levels, paying special attention to the differences in quality cues such as tanninc structure, complexity and age-worthiness.

The Three Wines
Purchase three red Bordeaux wines. Ideally, they should all be from the same vintage since vintage variation in Bordeaux is quite high.

Choose one wine from each of the following quality / price levels:

1. Popular branded wine such as Mouton Cadet costing about $10-15
2. Cru Bourgeois costing about $15-25
3. Classed Growth, 3rd-, 4th- or 5th-growth, costing about $25-50
Make sure to write down the name of each wine and how much it cost. You will need this information during the tasting.


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