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Ask The Wine Ladies- What was the 1855 Classification in France?

DEAR WINE LADIES,

My husband and I regularly enjoy a glass or two of wine with our meals with our favourites usually coming from either Australia or California. We never really got into French wines but just recently attended a tasting featuring a couple of wines from Bordeaux and absolutely loved them!
There was one in particular that we both really enjoyed and was within our budget. The name of the wine was Chåteau Larose Trintaudon, Cru Bourgeois.  We purchased a couple of bottles to bring to an up coming dinner party and would like to know a little more about this wine including what Cru Bourgeois means? Perhaps a few words on the region of Bordeaux as well. Thanks Wine Ladies.

– Elizabeth

DEAR ELIZABETH,

Welcome to the world of French wines and to one of the most famous wine regions in the world, considered by many to be the greatest region for producing fine wines. Still till today the wines of Bordeaux are also seen as “benchmark” wines for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines being made around the globe.

Here is a little basic information on the region to start.  Bordeaux is located in the southwest of France and is actually a very large wine growing region, which produces over 900 million bottles annually. The Gironde River basically divides the region, with the chateaux on the left side referred to as the “Left Bank” producing wines predominantly with the grape Cabernet Sauvignon, and those on the right, or Right Bank with a focus on Merlot. The Chåteau Larose Trintaudon you enjoyed comes from the Left Bank.  Bordeaux produces both white and red wines with the majority – 90% being red.

Unlike the new world wine regions that state the grape, whether a Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Cabernet etc…on the label, the wines of Bordeaux do not. Bordeaux wines are typically blends which for the red can include any or all of the following; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, used much less today than in the past. One of the pivotal times in the history of Bordeaux and her wines was the famous 1855 Classification of the wines, a ranking system initiated by Emperor Napoleon the 3rd which still influences today’s market. A total of 58 Chateau were selected, four 1st Growths such as Chåteau Lafite Rothschild and Chåteau Margaux. The list included 12 seconds, 14 thirds, 11 fourths and 17 fifths. It is an interesting story how this all came about, should you decide to delve into it a little further.

Of course there are so many incredible Bordeaux wines to explore and enjoy, wines of suburb quality and at great value including the one you mentioned that we too were very impressed with, Chåteau Larose Trintaudon. The origins of this domain go as far back as 1719 but it was in 1817 that the vineyard was first planted on a gravelly hillside with a terroir that proved to be exceptional for the Bordeaux varietals. Today Chåteau Larose Trintaudon is one of the largest vineyards in the Medoc both in size and production and is recogn ized in the world over as a top quality Cru Bourgeois. The Chåteau was also one of the very first to earn this recognition to be classed as a Cru Bourgeois in 1932 of which the company is very proud. Chåteau Larose Trintaudon also owners of Chåteau Larose Perganson and Arnaud are one of the pioneers in Bordeaux in terms of practicing sustainability and have been credited with the highest evaluation in sustainability and earned the label “Responsible Vineyard” as one of the leaders in France.

Our appreciation and enjoyment of the wines Chåteau Larose Trintaudon and the Perganson has lead us to invite the Winemaker and CEO of the company Franck Bijon, from Bordeaux to join us here and lead a spectacular Winemakers Dinner. We invite you to join us on February 22nd for what will be an incredible four-course dinner created by Chopped Canada winner Executive Chef JohnRoss Woodland of Noble Bistro. Featuring these fabulous wines and a quintessentially French pastry the macaron, both sweet and savoury,this will be an evening to remember. For more details visit www.thewineladies.com

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Winemakers Dinner Bordeaux

SAVE THE DATE!!! Winemakers Dinner. Vivre à Bordeaux! Et Plus! Presented by The Wine Ladies, Château Larose Trintaudon and Noble Bistro.

Winemakers Dinner

Vivre à Bordeaux! Et Plus!

Presented by The Wine Ladies, Château Larose Trintaudon and Noble Bistro.

We are hosting a Winemakers Dinner at Noble Bistro on February 22nd, 2017 featuring wines from the Bordeaux region.This extraordinary wine region still today considered by many the most important wine region in the world and remains the benchmark globally for winemakers.

Wines featured that evening will be from three stunning wineries from Bordeaux, Château Larose Trintaudon, Château Arnauld and Château Larose Pergason, dating back to 1719.

Meet Franck Bijon from Bordeaux,Technical Director and CEO of Château Larose Trintaudon who will lead you through the history of the region, the stories of the three Château being featured and a dynamic wine tasting.

Château Larose-Trintaudon 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
VINTAGES#: 297945 | 750 mL bottle

$24.95 per bottle

Vintages release date Jan 21st, 2017

Enjoy the amazing cuisine of Chopped Canada TV winner and Executive Chef JohnRoss Woodland, of Noble Bistro in Oakville. Opened just in May 2016, this chef and his culinary team are packing the house night after night.

Noble Bistro Bordeaux Winemakers Dinner video

Macarons

Sweet and savoury macarons provided by RepChampion Canada.

We will turn our focus to a French gastronomic delicacy that over the last few years has been trending big time in North America and that is the famous French macaron! With a rich history this sweet and now savoury pastry is dominating upper scale restaurant menus, bakeries and even cooking school courses!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
7:00pm arrival, dinner 7:30pm

Noble Bistro

218 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville

$100 per person
4 course dinner and wine pairing
includes all food, wine, taxes and gratuities
featured in the Noble Chamber
seating is limited

Please R.S.V.P. by Feb 20th,2017 to Brooke@noblebistro.com or call 289-837-3108

Taylor Family

Taylor’s, Australian Elegance inspired by Bordeaux. On this week’s audio podcast, Justin Taylor of Wakefield, Clare Valley Wines.

The Taylor Family

GREETINGS CANADA!

Justin Taylor of Wakefield of Clare Valley recently on tour across Canada with Australia’s First Families of Wines.

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We are talking about Australia’s First Families of Wine and our next guest’s family and winery is proudly and deservedly one of the 12 iconic wine families.Their journey began in the 1950’s from merchants to makers when in 1969 the terra rossa soil in the Clare Valley gave them promise to follow a dream to craft the highest quality wines in the image of old world wine makers, specifically Mouton Rothschild. We welcome to the show, Justin Taylor, Company Director of Wakefield of Clare Valley Wines.

Listen to JustinTaylor at 32:05 minutes into the show

On this week’s audio podcast…

EPISODE 27 

The Aussies are coming! Australia’s First Families of Wine and introducing PLONK the hit wine TV show from down under!

 

We’ll introduce you to “Australia’s First Families of Wine” or the AFFW. A group of 12 who collectively have over 1200 years of experience,dedication and excellence in wine making and have been the influence in the evolution of Australia’s wine industry.
We’ll get a chance to hear from two AFFW members,how they feel about the evolution of and changes ahead for their country’s wines
Fabre Montmayou, Mendoza, Argentina, Sorting Grapes,Harvest

Mad About Malbec in Mendoza The Wine Ladies TV Fabre Montmayou Vineyard!!