The Boys, hereafter to be referred to as "the boys", arrived early in Bordeaux last Friday, with the van and thus were able to do some initial investigations into purchasing the wedding wine. Because of an unknown French Holiday, virtually everything was closed but "the boys" managed to meet Gregory and get six sample bottles (x3) to taste before meeting for the big tasting the following Tuesday in St-Emilion.
The first night (after a feast of McDonalds - the only food to be had of any description near us), we cracked a bottle of each and we all rated them, unaware of their prices. The six wines were:
Chateau Tetre Daugay - St-Emilion Grand Cru - 2004
Chateau Gazin Rocquencourt - Passac Leognan - 2005
Chateau Guillou - Montagne St-Emilion - 2005
Chateau Belle Vue - Haut Medoc - 2003
Chateau Larose Trintaudon - Haut Medoc 2005
Chateau La Perriere - Lussac St-Emilion 2005
The two most expensive it turned out, the Daugay and the Gazin came out on top, followed by the Guillou, the La Perriere and the Larose which we insisted on calling "the Spanish wine" because of the garish red un-Bordeaux-like label. The first Belle Vue was corked and the second not much better.
Two nights later we decided to repeat the tasting - blind. I attempted the guess each wine and got a grand total of Zero. This time the Guillou won and we all liked the Belle Vue and the expensive wines not so much. Just goes to show, I guess.
Next - the wedding wine tasting at Maison Malet Roquefort.