November 13, 2006

South Bank Wine Society - 1997 Red Bordeaux

Unlike in the United States where we fear we may be fired for even thinking about wine at work, Shell in the UK allows the South Bank Wine Society to meet monthly in Shell Centre.

The theme for the November monthly tasting was 1997 Red Bordeaux. 1997 is considered a "rubbish" year for wines and the leader of this testing took on the special challenge of finding excellent wines for us to taste. He found 8 great wines from a variety of regions (one repeat) and chateaus. He also used his connections to get the best possible prices. At the end of the tasting, he was congratulated on successfully organising and leading a great tasting, despite concerns from other senior club members about the questionable vintage.

Kris and I enjoyed the variety and the price - £25 per person for all the wine we could drink (portions are generous) and cheese & crackers we could eat.

1) Pomerol - Chateau Nenin - £33
2) St. Julien - Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou -£34
3) St. Estephe - Chateau Cos D'Estournel - £39
4) Margaux - Chateau Palmer - £50 (Kris's testing notes: "Perfect! ")
5) Pauillac - Chateau Pichon-Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande - £55
6) St. Julien - Chateau Leoville Las-Cases - £50
7) St. Emilion - Chateau Cheval Blanc - £85
8) Pessac - Chateau Haut-Brion - £97

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