The 2011 UGCB Union Grand Cru Bordeaux North American Tour starts next week in San Francisco. For Bordeaux wine lovers and consumers who just like wine, this is the best wine event of the year. This year, the focus is on 2008 Bordeaux wine. Having tasted these wines multiple times from barrel to bottle, (most recently last June in Bordeaux) 2008 is an outstanding vintage for Bordeaux wine. And the best part is; the majority of the wines remain well priced.28 January Metropolitan Pavilion, : 2:00 – 6:00 pm. Trade and Media Only. This is promptly followed by a consumer tasting hosted by Zachys from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Metropolitan Pavillon on 110 West 19th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues) You need to act fast on this one. Tickets can be purchased at Zachys. Email Gemma Oliviero at [email protected] or call 914.874.8035. Further information is available at www.zachys.com.Contact your local merchants in the above mentioned cities for details on how to attend the tastings. Some of the events are reserved for people in the trade and media.
The Los Angeles event, hosted by Wallys Wines www.wallywine.com has moved to a much better venue, the Barker Hanger at the Santa Monica airport. The tasting is scheduled for 3-6pm. Prior to the tasting, from 1::00-2:30, James Suckling is holding a seminar focusing on 8 Bordeaux wines including: Chateau Troplong-Mondot, Chateau Canon-La Gaffeliere, Chateau La Conseillante, Chateau Langoa-Barton, Chateau Malescot-St.-Exupery, Chateau Pavie-Macquin, Chateau Pichon-Longueville-Lalande, and Chateau Smith-Haut-Lafitte. The owners or directors of the chateaux will be appearing with James at the Seminar. Tickets for the Los Angeles event and the seminar can be purchased from Wallys 310-475-0606 – www.wallywine.com If you have not attended a UGCB tasting before, this event awards guests the opportunity to taste over 100 different wines, as well as meet and talk with the owners of the chateaux that produce the wine. We will be at the Los Angeles event and will publish a detailed article on the wines tasted with tasting notes and reviews. If anyone else catches the event in LA, or in any of the other cities, we’d like to hear from you and your notes and comments on the eventand on all the wines you tasted as well. There are a few changes in this years lineup. But the majority of producers listed below will be showing their wine. Wines being poured by the Chateau are listed below. Pauillac Château Batailley Château Clerc Milon Château d’Armailhac Château Grand Puy Ducasse Château Haut Bages Liberal Château Lynch Bages Château Lynch-Moussas Château Pichon Baron Château Pichon Lalande Château Pontet Canet Margaux Château Brane Cantenac Château Cantenac Brown Château Dauzac Château du Tertre Château Durfort Vivens Château Giscours Château Kirwan Château Labegorce Château Lascombes Château Malescot St. Exupery Château Siran Château Rauzan-Segla
Château Bouscaut Château Carbonnieux Domaine de Chevalier Château de Fieuzal Château de France Château Haut Bailly Château La Louvière Château La Tour Martillac Château Les Carmes Haut Brion Chateau Malartic Lagraviere Château Olivier Château Pape Clement Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pomerol Château Beauregard Château Clinet Château La Cabanne Château La Conseillante Château Gazin Château Petit Village Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Château Angelus Château Beau-Sejour Becot Château Canon Château Canon La Gaffeliere Château Clos Fourtet Château Dassault Château Figeac Château Franc Mayne Château Grand Mayne Château La Couspade Château La Dominique Château La Gaffeliere Château Larcis Ducasse Château Larmande Château Pavie Macquin Château Troplong Mondot St. Estephe Château Cos Labory Château Lafon Rochet Château Ormes De Pez Château Phélan Ségur St. Julien Château Beychevelle Château Branaire Ducru Château Gruaud Larose Château Lagrange Château Langoa Barton Château Leoville Poyferre Château Talbot Sauternes et Barsac Château Bastor Lamontagne Château Climens Château Coutet Château de Fargues Château Doisy Daene Château Guiraud Château La Tour Blanche Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Château Sigalas Rabaud Château Suduiraut Haut Médoc Château Beaumont Château Belgrave Château Camensac Château Cantemerle Château Coufran Château La Lagune Moulis en Médoc Château Chasse Spleen Château Poujeaux Listrac Médoc Château Clarke Médoc Château Greysac Château La Tour de By Graves Château de Chantegrive
Looking forward to your TNs, Jeff.
Izak… It’ll be interesting for me too. I tasted several 08’s just after bottling in July 2010. It will be fun seeing which wines have improved and which wines are not showing quite as well.
Do you have any favorite 2008’s?
Valandraud (one of the best wines of the vintage for me!), Palmer (the same as Valandraud), Le Gay. Haven’t tasted others in October last year. Hope to catch up on some during and after primeur week, and in September this year when 25-30 Bx owners come to present 2010 and one older vintage (here majority will be 2008s, I’m sure).
Margaux commune in 2008 vintage wasn’t particulary strong during primeur tasting in April 2009, Pauillac, Pomerol and St.Estephe was better. I’m eager to hear if something has changed when wines are in bottle.
Those are all good wines. I’ll work on my notes from the UGC tasting today and will try to finish by tomorrow.
There is another tasting for consumers, in NY, organized by Zachy’s: http://www.zachys.com/retail/features/?cid=11590.
Cheers, and see you in LA!
I think it’s great that one of the top producers in the UGC, Jean-Michel Laporte from La Conseillante drops in and shares info about the New York event.
Thank’s JM. I’m looking forward to seeing you next week. Details have been added to the first post.