Ex-cellar master and wine writer François Martin invites you into his private tasting area where you can learn about the intricacies of the wines of Bordeaux before you head out into the vineyards. Over two hours he explains how to decipher the Bordeaux wine label and gives you lots of tips on what to look out for to get the most out of your money spent on a bottle of Bordeaux wine. A fter a tutored tasting of five wines, a dry white, three reds and finishing with a sweet, the region which is not the world’s simplest with its grand cru classé terminology and châteaux suddenly becomes simpler when you are armed with the right understanding of what is important here or not.
The wines are specially selected from the wonderful wealth of Small Independent Producers – what we call the SIPS! Many of these are just on the wrong side of the boundary line of more famous appellations and so can provide great value for money.
Learn about all of the key concepts in Bordeaux; assemblage, oak ageing, vintage varition, château wines, the complex classification system, buying en primeur, ageing your wines, when to decant, when to drink….
You can also do food and wine matching sessions here and tastings through meals of a number of special dishes from the region.
SIP Bordeaux Tasting Atelier 22 quai des chartrons, Bordeaux
Born and bred in the world of wine in Bordeaux after your session with François or one of the other guides and tasting specialists, you suddenly have the confidence to strike out on your own the next day, or if you want to continue the steep learning experience seek your own private guide who can take you to all those special places off the beaten track.