Course: Understanding Wine

Class 5: Old World Model: France


sip: taste, body, flavor

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  1. Sip and swish your Bordeaux and try to assess both taste and body in a single step.
  2. Swallow or spit, and mark your worksheet.
  3. Repeat with the Côtes du Rhône.
  4. 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.

 

 
Flavor

  1. Sip, swish and swallow or spit the Bordeaux and identify its flavors; mark your worksheet.
  2. Repeat the process with the Côtes du Rhône.
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