French Wine Scholar - Bordeaux Evening
Our French Wine Scholar (FWS) evenings are in-depth tastings on all the key regions and lesser-known regions of France. The FWS study and certification program is geared for members of the wine trade and avid French wine enthusiasts. We are offering the opportunity to attend single evening sessions of our French Wine Scholar course - perfect for those who want to experience an evening of the course before committing to the full course or for anyone who wants to learn more about a specific region in France.
The wines of Bordeaux have long been a revered French wine icon. They are age-worthy, much sought after, and highly prized. Like great art, they are bought and sold as a valued commodity, in fast and furious trading, at auction, and over quiet conversation with a well-connected retailer. The region has been quite mercantile since the Middle Ages. Three hundred years of English rule set the focus on secular vs. ecclesiastical pursuits. During the French Revolution, there was little to burn or pillage as the church was not the largest landowner.
With this commercial foundation, the Bordelais were in a position of strength when Napoleon issued his Code of Inheritance. They incorporated their estates and divided up paper shares of stock vs. rows of vines avoiding the debilitating fractionalization experienced by the Burgundians. And the region’s geological history is has been just as monumental as its political one. There is truth to terroir. Here, the vine tells a unique story of site, soil, climate and the hand of man.
Over the millennia, the vinous legacy that began with the Romans has evolved into a juggernaut of epic proportions. World-wide, winemakers aspire to emulate what Bordeaux captures in a bottle each harvest. Wine writers flock to this corner of France to taste the new vintage. Cyberspace buzzes with wine commerce once the prices are set. And all the world has but one thing on its lips…Bordeaux. The region is both a bastion and a beacon for all that is timeless, classic and truly exceptional in the world of wine.
On this evening, you will taste 8-10 wines that showcase the different varietals, wine-making styles and terroir of this iconic wine region.
Who should consider attending this evening? This evening is ideal for those:
- Considering, currently studying or have completed the WSET Level 3 and/or WSET Diploma
- Who hold an enthusiastic interest for the French wine industry
Cheeses and meats representative of those served in the region will also be available to enjoy during the tasting.
Places remaining: 2
Course Date/Time: Thu 27th Jun 2019 at 7pm
Duration: 2.5 hours
Venue: The Wine Cellars, Fulham