It was sunny skies over Seattle this past weekend where we had the pleasure of sponsoring the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) for the second year in a row. Over the course of the three day affair, we happily presented a range of value Bordeaux wines ranging from rosés to dry whites to our signature reds. Additionally, we hosted a Bordeaux Wines seminar, lead by certified Bordeaux Wine School educator, Regina Daigneault.
The workshop began with a celebratory glass of J’Adore Rosé Cremant, Bordeaux’s version of bubbly. Participants were then broken up into groups and presented with a blind aroma challenge. There, they worked together to sniff and identify the 10 aromas that had been infused into neutral glasses of red and white. These aromas including green pepper, lemon and leather, are all aromas traditionally found in the wines of Bordeaux. Congrats to Team Colombard for the win!
After the excitement of the aroma challenge, attendees were lead through a lesson in wine 101 and the signature characteristics of wines from Bordeaux. Then, came the flight of Bordeaux wines ranging from dry whites from Graves and Pessac-Leognan to Grand Cru Class reds from Saint-Émilion. For the full list of wines from our seminar, see below.
As promised, we have provided the presentation from the breakout session for download here. And, for more pictures from the event, visit our Flickr album here.
Thank you to all the bloggers in attendance and we look forward to staying in touch!
ARÔMES DE PAVIE
Saint Émilion Grand Cru 2005 (Red)
70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
A full, rich nose of orange zest, blueberry, wet clay, black licorice, black cherries, cassis and a hint of slate. The palate is powerful and spicy with hints of cigar tobacco mixed with cassis and sweet cherries. Tannins are smooth and elegant.
CHÂTEAU BEAUMONT CRU BOURGEIOS
Haut Médoc 2009 (Red)
45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 55% Merlot
A lovely scented nose of gentle spice, bright red and black fruit. Quite rich but with acidity lifting aromas. It has appealing, fresh-tasting fruit within a supple silky structure. The tannins are mellow and not aggressive, the wine is full of charm and finesse.
LA DAME D’AMPELIA
Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 2011(Red)
95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Pleasant aromas of preserved black fruits combined with spicy and toasted notes. On the palate, it has a silky approach then comes on strong with powerful tannins, excellent ageing potential with balanced acid to match up against the tannins.
CHÂTEAU SAINTE MARIE
Entre Deux Mers 2012 (White)
70% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Sémillon, 5% Muscadelle
The aromas of this crisp white wine show white flowers, citrus fruits and white peach. The nose appears very fruity upon first assessment but on the palate the wine is crisp and fresh with lovely acid-fruit balance and complexity that lingers.
CHÂTEAU GRAVILLE LACOSTE
Graves 2012 (White)
75% Sémillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Muscadelle
A crisp invigorating white blend that is distinguished by its higher percentage of Sémillon. The wine has a smooth and silky polish with aromas of lemon, grapefruit, green melon and herbs.
Sauternes 2005 (Sweet)
80% Sémillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc
On the nose, this is complex and harmonious with strong ripe apricot, orange peel and exotic tropical fruit. On the palate, this wine is very expressive with notes of candied fruit, apricot, melon jam and grilled almonds. A very “pure” wine with light oak notes and an abundant mineral backbone that balances out the concentration.
J’ADORE CRÉMANT DE BORDEAUX NV
Lovely sparkling wine blush in color and vibrant in strawberry, watermelon and cherry notes. The wine has excellent acidity to freshen up the long finish of violets and yeasty notes. Perfect for smoked fish, salty appetizers and popcorn!