Course: Understanding Wine
Class 5: Old World Model: France
sip: taste, body, flavor
- Sip and swish your Bordeaux and try to assess both taste and body in a single step.
- Swallow or spit, and mark your worksheet.
- Repeat with the Côtes du Rhône.
- How do you find the wines?
- Generic Bordeaux, reflecting the properties of its dominant component varieties (Cabernet and Merlot), is commonly tannic and possibly quite rough, and medium to full in body.
- The Côtes du Rhône, similarly reflecting the qualities of its dominant Grenache-Syrah blend, is more acidic and less tannic than the Bordeaux, but is normally similar in body.
- Sip, swish and swallow or spit the Bordeaux and identify its flavors; mark your worksheet.
- Repeat the process with the Côtes du Rhône.
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