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Hi, I'm a Master of Wine (MW) having passed in 1997. I am about to open a wine shop in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland, called The Wine Library and this is my wine blog. There should be no conflict of interest between my work with The Wine Library and the opinions expressed herein but I will do my utmost to be fair and responsible in my posts – please read my Who Pays article. I have worked in wine education, retail, and consultancy. From June 2013 until May 2017 I was the Retail Manager for The Wicklow Wine Company. I was a member of the Council of the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) from 2008 to 2014 and was also a member of the Events, Trips and Governance Committees Having had problems with potentially libellous comments from unidentifiable posters, I now require that if you post a comment, you must identify yourself properly or it won't be published. Please note that I do not review products or services on request so kindly don't ask. I value my independence and I believe my readers (few that they may be) do so also.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Diploma in Bordeaux and SW Fance

Now, the 2nd years do a lot more tasting - and they've had some excellent wines along the way with more to come! Stockists in parentheses with details below.

Their first lecture was Bordeaux and South-west France, 6th October, with Barry Geoghegan MBA. The wines tasted from SWF were a typical “Les Sarments” Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne 2008 (64) €10, a very nice Château de Jurque Jurançon 2007 (64) €14.95 - a hint of oak and much richer in style than expected, an interesting Château du Cayrou Cahors 2001 (quite firm in style but really good - WWC €18.25), the lovely Château Aydie Madiran 2006 (64) €15.80, the excellent Château du Cèdre “Le Cèdre” 2001 (64 and LC) €36.95, and the wonderfully sweet Château de Jurque “Séduction” Jurançon 2005 (64) €17.95.
For the Bordeaux tasting they got the very good Dourthe “La Grande Cuvée” Sauvignon Blanc Bordeaux 2007 (OB) €12.99 - a lovely sauvignon blanc, the always excellent Dourthe Château Pey La Tour Bordeaux Supérieur 2006 (OB) €16.99 - about the best 95% merlot wine you can buy, the lovely and fragrant Château Manoir du Gravoux Côtes de Castillon 2006 (JN) €18.75 - classic firm but fruity red Bordeaux, a very good Mondot Saint-Émilion 2005 (OB) €55 - rich, ripe and elegant, the superb (and I mean really seriously good) Château Petit-Village Pomerol 2005 (WWC) €87, a beautifully elegant Château Langoa-Barton Saint-Julien 2001 (JN) €58, and a still developing Château Gruaud-Larose Saint-Julien 1999 (CO) €75 - one of my favourite clarets, as is Langoa, followed by the (I think) out-of-stock Château Rieussec Sauternes 1998 (OB) €63 - gorgeous stuff, wonderful botrytis character and very elegant.
The stockists are 64 = 64 Wine, WWC = Wicklow Wine Company, OB = O'Brien's, JN = James Nicholson, LC = Le Caveau, CO = Coman's. The last named is a wholesaler and can only sell to retailers.

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