Bordeaux 2009: UGC Tastings Start Next Week

The tastings in Bordeaux are an exciting and busy few days, when the entirety of the world’s interested wine-trade arrives in the region in a flurry of hire cars and notebooks. Exhausting, but exhilarating, this week offers the wine trade often its first opportunity to really get to grips with the vintage and draw their own conclusions about the wines they wish to recommend to their clients.

The Union des Grand Crus (the society whose membership includes most of the top Châteaux in Bordeaux) run tastings of the wines from individual communes, hosted at selected Châteaux in those areas. These events are frequently absolutely packed, with wine experts and journalists jostling for elbow room to write their notes.

In addition, the Châteaux themselves are open to visitors (by appointment), who wish to taste their wines in a somewhat calmer and more collected environment. These more private tastings often offer the opportunity to gain valuable insight from the proprietors and managers concerning the vintage and how they feel their wines have fared.

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