Midtown Loft, 267 Fifth Avenue-NYC
|On the outdoor terrace...perfect sunny spring day-welcoming indeed.|
Well, there certainly were many reasons to smile yesterday-at the first (and we hope, annual) Crus Bourgeois du Médoc wine tastings for invited guests…including the glorious weather, a midtown event location with a wrap around terrace from which to take advantage of the aforementioned…
|Château Castéra, Médoc www.chateau-castera.com|
|Château Haut-Myles, Médoc www.chateaudescurac.com|
AND the stars of the affair-the many truly wonderful, complex-and accessibly priced red wines being sampled (spat out)…and the French persons doing the pouring-often the Château owners themselves.
We learned a lot about the wines from this acclaimed Bordeaux region of France-which are already well known for its top tier first and second growth red wines that command staggering sums and are prized collectible bottles.
WHAT: All of the wines presented were harvested and produced in one of the eight prestigious Bordeaux appellations-Médoc, Haut-Médoc, Listrac-Médoc, Moulin en Médoc, Margaux, Saint Julien, Pauilllac and Saint Estèphe. The distinction of earning the distinctive Crus Bourgeois authentication label (see below)-is that all of these wines are certified by external wine professionals and evaluated for embodying traditional for qualities of tastes from this region.
FYI-this goes one step beyond commercial value designations- for the select wines qualifying from the 2010 vintage- by 260 member, wine producers/Château owners belonging to the self-regulating Alliance des Crus Bourgeois de Médoc (256 for 2011…). pretty much guarantees that the reasonably priced red wines (ranging from $22-$50) that cost almost as much to (lovingly) harvest-often by hand-and make--- as the name dropping Bordeaux wines- are charmingly drink ready, can be aged -well, well with great maturity potential-and ...at least what we sampled...are all aromatically complex (nose), multi faceted worthy of collecting in their own right,
|Château Les Grand Chênes Médoc www.bernard-magrez.com|
IMO: All will pass the test of wine snobs, "Googling" a bottle brought as a hostess gift---or a smartphone toting Millennial referencing online reviews and information about the producer (QR code on the authentication sticker on all bottles produced from 2010 on)- before making a purchase…because he/she wants a reasonably priced beverage something to go with dinner… no matter what's on the menu.
|Château Greysac, Médoc www.greysac.com|
|Château Les Grand Chênes, Médoc www.bernard-magrez.com|
All wines poured are available in the USA---though actual quantities certainly vary--- as even the market volume numbers differ between vintages.
|Château Rollan de By, Médoc www.rollandeby.com 27,000 bottles|
Color ranges are from clear brilliant ruby reds to deep robust dark colors …setting the stage for a wonderful drinking experience.
Notable-the age of the vines from 25-40 years old…and that many of the wine producers are still many centuries' old- family owned entities.
|Château Lousteauneuf, Médoc www.château-lousteauneuf.com|
|Château Preuillac, Médoc www.chateau-preuillac.com|
|Château Les Anguilleys, Médoc www.chateau-vieux-robin.com|
|Câteau D'Agassac Haut-Médoc www.agassac.com (nice-one of our favs)|
|Château Aney, Haut-Médoc www.chateauaney.com|
|Château Belair, Haut-Médoc www.domaines-henri-martin.com|
|Château Labat Haut-Médoc www.chateau-caronne-ste-gemme.com|
|Château Paveil de Luze, Margaux www.chateaupaveildeluze.com|
|Château Charmail, Haut-Médoc www.chateau-charmail.fr|
|Château Cissac, Haut-Médoc www.chateau-cissac.com|
|Château Tour Saint Joseph, Haut-Médoc, www.chevalquancard.com|
|Château Lamothe Bergeron, Haut-Médoc, www.lamothebergeron.fr|
|Château du Retout, Haut-Médoc www.chateau-du-retout.com|
|Château Larose Perganson, Haut-Médoc www.chateau-larose-trintaudon.fr|
|Château Larose Trintaudon, Haut-Médoc |
|Château Gressier Grand Poujeaux, Moulis www.chasse-spleen.com|
|Château D'Arsac, Margaux www.chateau-arsac.com|
This wine producer-which is available for tours in the warmer months (many are)-has a distinguished outdoor sculpture garden on its property- and also produces the limited -30,000 bottles -WineMakers' Collection- where an invited wine maker crafts his/her personal touch-on a vintage. An annual offering-this Château D/Arsac production is based on idea of owner Phillippe Raoux- to celebrate winemakers- from all over the world. Very cool-the bottle labels are portraits of the individual winemaker.
|Château Haut Breton Larigaudière, Margaux www.de-mour.com|
|Château Mongravey, Margaux www.chateau-mongravey.fr|
|Château Le Crock Saint-Estèphe www.chateaulecrock.fr|
|Château La Haye, Saint-Estèphe www.chateaulahaye.com|
|Belgium born owner-pursued his passion for Bordeaux wine-AND runs-including the NYC Marathon-finished respectable time of 4:20 (we asked…)-and smokes. Very Euro.|
|Château Tour des Termes Saint-Estèphe www.chateautourdestermes.com|
|The official moniker. Most of the tasters -we noticed-were NYC restaurant owners/sommeliers---here's hoping selections will be offered by the glass-which is the way most patrons order wine.|
|Very very smart-authentification label-that ensures quality standards, authenticity of the bottle- against counterfeiting (yikes)---and provides information about the winemaker/vintage and the wine itself. ALSO…one can type in the verification code on the website… www.crus-bourgeois.com|