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Wine Spectator School

Course: Bordeaux

Class 2: The Médoc


SIP >> Body, Flavor, Taste, Mouthfeel and Finish

Complete the entire "sip" evaluation for each wine before moving on to the next.



Take a sip of the Margaux -- just enough to coat the insides of your mouth.

  • Is the wine thick or heavy in your mouth? Or is more medium-bodied?

Circle your observations on your tasting checklist.



Swish the wine around in your mouth.

The flavors in the mouth are often the same as the aromas on the nose.

  • Are the flavors the same as the aromas?
  • Do you detect any additional flavors?
  • Do you get any vanilla or toasty oak flavors from barrels?



Your tongue...

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