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Wine Spectator School

Course: Bordeaux

Class 2: The Médoc

Top Four Communes in the Haut-Médoc


Tasting Goals

Compare and contrast wines from the Haut-Médoc's top four communes. Pay close attention to the differences in aroma, tannins and structure.

The Four Wines

There should be one wine from each of the top four communes: Margaux, St.-Julien, Pauillac and St.-Estèphe.

  • The wines should be from the same vintage.
  • Each wine should be a Second-, Third-, Fourth- or Fifth-Growth and it's best if all the wines are from the same growth or two. For example, in this tasting it is less effective to use a Second-Growth and a Fifth-Growth since there will probably be a significant difference that stems primarily from quality rather than from...

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