Category Archives: Bordeaux

Oxford at the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup

At the end of June a team of blind tasters – Neel Burton, Henry Little and myself – travelled to Bordeaux to represent Oxford University in the Left Bank Bordeaux Cup. The LBBC (as it is affectionately known) is the … Continue reading

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d’Armailhac 1999 & 2003

My notes on the claret from Pauillac, Château d’Armailhac, for the vintages 1999 and 2003. Tasted blind 13/5/11 as part of a Left Bank claret tasting. Château d’Armailhac 1999, Pauillac, Bordeaux. Medium-deep ruby in appearance, with a warm magenta rim; … Continue reading

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Oxford Blind Tasting Team Victorious at SPIT Competition

The end of April saw Oxford University send a team of three blind tasters to compete in the Sciences Po International Tasting (SPIT) Competition held at Maison Bollinger in Aÿ, Champagne. The competition was perfectly timed for an escape from … Continue reading

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A sweet wine tasting

Our coach and Senior Member of the Blind Tasting Society, Hanneke Wilson, treated us to a fantastic sweet wine tasting recently. I outlined some of the more common methods of creating sweet wines in a previous post; this tasting covered … Continue reading

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Primum Familiae Vini – Part 2

“When you buy wine, don’t buy one bottle, buy six or twelve.” – Sound advice from Christophe Brunet, especially when it comes to these wines; if only your budget can stretch that far… Following a tour through Champagne, Burgundy, Tuscany … Continue reading

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Château Couhins-Lurton – White Bordeaux

Last night’s wine was Château Couhins-Lurton, 2006 from the Pessac-Léognan appellation. A delicious, classic white Bordeaux. What is termed “white Bordeaux” is a wine, usually oaked, made from either sauvignon blanc or semillon or a blend of the two. Unlike … Continue reading

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Hilary Term “Grand Cru”

Recently we were treated to another fabulous “Grand Cru” tasting presented by Neel Burton. An Oxford Grand Cru tasting generally consists of wines from some of the finest producers out there, and if we’re lucky, these wines can have a … Continue reading

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