Sep 30, 2009

Rankings for the 2004 Bordeaux, Sept 22/09

Overall, people had a very good impression of these Bordeaux Right Bank wines and the vintage (all from 2004). While it was a vintage that is supposed to be maturing early, several of these wines can and should continue to be cellared for more time. They were very concentrated, with lots of fruit in most of the wines, balanced with good acidity, tannins, and structure.

As you can see below, Peter Boyd, our guest speaker, and the group had different palates when it came time to rank their favourite wines! The group preferred the most expensive wine of the evening, the Beausejour-Becot from St. Emilion while Peter ranked it close to the bottom! Peter's favourite was the Beauregard from Pomerol, a less fruity, more austere wine than the St. Emilions. There was more agreement on the wines placing 2nd, 3rd and 4th and last. The group ranked St. Emilion wines in their top 3 and bottom 2 with the Pomerols sandwiched in the middle.

Here are the rankings of the wines in the order in which they were poured.

Guest Speaker’s Rankings

2. D’aiguilhe, St. Emilion $38.70
5. Troplong Mondot, St. Emilion $69.00
1. Beauregard, Pomerol $49.00
6. Le Bon Pasteur, Pomerol $67.00
3. Certan-Marzelle, Pomerol $64.50
8. Barde Haut, St. Emilion $59.00
4. Beausejour (Duffau-Lagarrosse), St. Emilion $64.00
7. Beausejour-Becot, St. Emilion $65.00

Group Rankings

3. D’aiguilhe, St. Emilion $38.70
8. Troplong Mondot, St. Emilion $69.00
5. Beauregard, Pomerol $49.00
4. Le Bon Pasteur, Pomerol $67.00
6. Certan-Marzelle, Pomerol $64.50
7. Barde Haut, St. Emilion $59.00
2. Beausejour (Duffau-Lagarrosse), St. Emilion $64.00
1. Beausejour-Becot, St. Emilion $65.00

Thanks to Peter Boyd and our attendees for a very enjoyable evening of wonderful wines!

Sep 21, 2009

TVC presents Vintage Ports, Oct. 22

What better way to slide into autumn than with a tasting of vintage ports from Portugal!

Event Details

Theme: Vintage Ports
Date: Tues. October 20, 2009
Time: 6 PM
Price: TVC Members: $65; Guests: $80
Location: University of Toronto Faculty Club
Public Transit Access - there is a streetcar that travels south on Spadina Ave from the Bloor Subway (St. George station) and the stop is right on Wilcocks street.
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Sep 17, 2009

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