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Week 2 of the wine course October 2012

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  • 1. 5 week Wine Course Red Nose WineClonmel Business
  • 2. Last Week• Introduction• What is Wine• Dry versus Sweet• How to Taste Wine• The Palate• The Jelly Bean Test• The first 2 grapes discussed & tasted
  • 3. Wine Regions• Where do they make wine?• Old World vs New World• Europe – France – Italy – Spain• New World – Australia – Chile – New Zealand• Argentina – Germany – California
  • 4. Wine regions
  • 5. European Wine
  • 6. France
  • 7. Bordeaux
  • 8. Medoc
  • 9. The 1855 Classification- First Growths (5) - Margaux, Latour, Lafite, Haut Brion, Mouton Rothschild- Second Growths (14) - Leoville Las Cases, Leoville Barton, Cos d‟Estornel- Third Growths (15) - Palmer, Kirwan, Desmirail, Lagrange- Fourth Growths (10) - Talbot, Beychevale, Pouget- Fifth Growths (18) - Lynch Bages, Batailley, Cantemerle
  • 10. Marathon de Medoc
  • 11. BurgundyAll roads lead to Burgundy
  • 12. The Right Bank
  • 13. The Right Bank
  • 14. Right versus Left• Cabernet Sauvignon the king on the left – Cabernet ¾ of the blend in Medoc – Only 29% of plantings across region – Moderate yields, quality, tannic wines – Blackcurrent the big fruit ( when ripe ) – When not ripe  tough & vegetal• Merlot the boss on the right – Medium yields – full bodied – less tannic – Matures earlier than Cabernet – Adds softness, richness & body to austere CabSab – Likes limestone – St Emilion / Pomerol
  • 15. Chateau Bauduc
  • 16. An Irish Connection• The Wine Geese• Soldiers who fled from Ireland to France after the Treaty of Limerick in 1691• Thousands more followed in 18th-19th Century• The Barton‟s and the Lynch Family VERY important  Ch. Leoville-Barton and Ch. Lynch-Bages• Chateau Clark, Chateau Dillon, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Phelan-Segur, Chateau Yquem and Chateau Kirwan also connected
  • 17. A Fethard man
  • 18. Leoville – Langoa BartonAll roads lead to Burgundy
  • 19. Burgundy• “All roads lead to Burgundy”• If you think Bordeaux is complicated …• Many appellations• Multiple owners of the same vineyards• Northern Continental climate• Severe winters & hot summers• Much less rain than Bordeaux• Big danger is LATE FROSTS
  • 20. Burgundy• Calcereous clayey soil = Chardonnay• Limey soil = Pinot Noir• Mid slopes are the best  they catch the deepest layer of slope wash – they are sun traps• Shallow soils ( < 1m) but vine roots penetrate deep into the limestone bedrock.• Vine Location is VITAL in Burgundy – Steepness & Direction of slopes – Depth, drainage, heat retention & mineral content – It can vary dramatically within small areas
  • 21. Burgundy• Regional ACs – Bourgogne Rouge• District ACs – Macon Chardonnay• Commune ACs – Gevrey-Chambertin / Nuits St Georges• Single Vineyard ACs – 1er Cru & Grand Cru – Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru – Domaine de la Romanee Conti „La Tache‟
  • 22. Very different vines
  • 23. Very different vines
  • 24. Very different vines
  • 25. Some more quotes"The First Duty of wine is to be Red...the second is to be a Burgundy" --Harry WaughThe Irish believe that fairies are extremely fond of good wine. The proofof the assertion is that in the olden days royalty would leave a keg ofwine out for them at night. Sure enough, it was always gone in themorning. 
- Irish Folklore“I only drink champagne when Im happy and when Im sad.
Sometimes Idrink it when Im alone.
When I have company I consider it obligatory.
Itrifle with it if Im not in a hurry and drink it when I am, otherwise I nevertouch the stuff unless I am thirsty.” Lily Bollinger
  • 26. Loire Valley
  • 27. The LoireSauvignon Blanc Sancerre, Pouilly Fume, TouraineChenin Blanc Anjou, VouvrayMelon de Bourgogne MuscadetCabernet Franc Chinon, Bourgueil
  • 28. The SouthRhone Valley is broken in twoNorthern Rhone = Syrah & Viognier Cote Rotie – Condrieu – St. Joseph – Crozes Hermitage – Hermitage - CornasSouthern Rhone = Grenache & a few more Cotes du Rhone – CdR Villages – Vacqueyras – Gigondas – Chateauneuf du Papes – Lirac – Tavel
  • 29. Provence & LanguedocProvence Cotes du Provence Coteaux d‟Aix en Provence Coteaux de Varois en Provence Bandol Vins de PaysLanguedoc Terrasses de Larzac Minervois – Corbieres – Fitou Coteaux de Languedoc Cotes du Roussillon
  • 30. Wines to taste• White – Sauvignon Blanc – Chateau Bauduc 2011, Bordeaux, France • Pale, green tinged hue. Crisp and fresh on the nose. • Citrus and pear notes with a faint herbal nuance. Ripe and round on attack then long, clean, dry finish. • Attractive apéritif style white. – The Ned 2011, Marlborough, New Zealand • Packed with herbaceous notes, underpinned with a striking hint of citrus. • The cold nights have particularly cemented its intense flavours. Forever fresh. • A single vineyard wine • Decanter just awarded it International Trophy for „Best in Show Sauvignon Blanc” in price point.
  • 31. Wines to taste• Red – Merlot ( kind of ) – Chateau Bauduc Clos de Quinze 2009, Bordeaux, France • Blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon • classic Bordeaux - an elegant structure, supple tannins, a medium to full body • a whiff of cedar with ripe dark fruit. – Santa Alicia Gran Reserva Merlot, Maipo Valley, Chile • Concentrated, ripe and balanced • Lots of plum and chocolate flavours. This wine was made with the best selection of grapes and great care. • Aged in French oak for 12 months, and aged in bottle for a further 8 months before release.
  • 32. What‟s in a Grape ?• White – Sauvignon Blanc• Bordeaux, Loire Valley, New Zealand, Chile• Cool climates on poor soil• Green / Herbaceous flavours• Gooseberries, green pepper, grass, passion fruit• In warmer climates  less aromatic / peachey• Add oak for more body  Pouilly Fume• Sancerre, Marlborough are classic regions also
  • 33. What‟s in a Grape ?• Red – Merlot• Bordeaux, Chile, California, Sth of France• Two styles in Merlot• International Style – Grapes harvested as late as possible – Max possible intense purple colour – Blackberry / plum fruit & Soft velvet tannins – Toasty new oak flavours• Classic Bordeaux Style – Earlier harvest / lighter body / low alcohol – Higher acidity / more red fruit characters