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Wine Spectator School

Course: Bordeaux

Class 2: The Médoc


SEE >> Color & Intensity

The first step is to look at each of the four wines. Compare their color and intensity.



Pick up your Margaux and your St.-Julien, one glass in each hand. Tilt the glasses at a 45 degree angle and compare the color and intensity of the wines. Then put down St.-Julien and pick up the Pauillac. Finally, examine the St.-Estèphe against the Pauillac.

  • What color is each wine?
  • Are they all the same color?
  • Do any have a purplish tinge?
  • Are any closer to ruby red?



  • Which wine is the darkest and densest?
  • When you hold the wine in front of...

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