Post # 75 – The 2020 Cru Bourgeois Classification

On February 20, 2020 the Alliance des Crus Bourgeois du Médoc announced their new 5 year classification, which included a few changes to the structure of their classification. This classification covers 249 Médoc wines rated above table wines but below the famous 1855 Bordeaux Classification of the top 61 wines in Bordeaux. This 2020 Cru Bourgeois Classification is important for several reasons, but appears not to have captured that much attention in the wine world. The 2020 Cru Bourgeois Classification is a 3 tier rating system that places 249 wines into one of three quality levels, resulting in 179 wines given the basic “cru bourgeois” status, 56 given “cru bourgeois supérieur” status, and 14 given “cru bourgeois exceptionnel” status. This classification system will be subject to review every 5 years, by means of a blind tasting of 5 previous vintages provided by the producer. This system is designed to...

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Post # 70 – La Grande Dégustation 2019, Montreal Wine Show

I have been to so many wine shows now that I have lost count. I went last year as well, but I had such a thick head cold that I decided not to write a report. That decision was an easy one, when I reread my notes, every wine tasted the same, so that would have been a waste of time. As I was heading to this year’s Montreal Wine Show, La Grande Dégustation 2019, on Friday November 1st I asked myself what it was that I found so entertaining about attending a wine show. This year’s specialty region of coverage was Portugal, which left me wondering if I would end up tasting port all night. In I went still wondering if I was going to have a good time or not, and why? Walking into the exhibition hall, I smiled immediately at the sight of Thomas Bachelder holding...

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