All hail Binny’s first 2004 Bordeaux tasting on Monday – it was one of their best. At the Lakeview location were 56 producers from the Pessac-Leognan, Graves, St. Emilion, Pomerol, and even a few (lesser) Medoc producers. The most highly regarded producer there was probably Lynch Bages but there were many other enjoyable wines. I haven’t spent so much time with the right bank and lesser appellations before. New ones I enjoyed a lot included Ch. La Couspaude, St. Emilion Grand Cru; Ch. Ferriere, Margaux; Ch. Giscours, Margaux; Ch. Talbot, St.-Julien; and Mouton’s Ch. D’Armailhac, Pauillac. I wasn’t a fan of Pessac-Leognan but my favorite was Ch. Larrivet-Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan.
The most amazing part of the tasting, however, was the people pouring the wine – the owners and viogners. Most complained about the 2004 vintage but some, particularly the left bank, Cabernet-focused producers, said it was a typical year. The difficulty arose because of August rains (Merlot and Petit Verdot are early-ripening grapes). We reminisced about our Bordeaux trip a few months ago with many of the producers and have many invitations to come back soon.
You just can’t find a better way to spend two hours and $35 to understand a wine region. High marks for this tasting. By the way, a similar format for the 2005 Chateauneuf-du-Pape tasting is scheduled for Feb. 8 (hey, that’s my birthday!). What to join us?

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