The Knowledge

My first product knowledge course was on Tuesday at head office. Adrian and Tom put together an excellent selection of sixteen wines for us, some of which are quite scarce. Highlights:

  • Pol Roger Rich Non-Vintage Demi-Sec champagne
  • Chateau de Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 2006, Bader-Mimeur
  • Walter Hansel Russian River Chardonnay 2005
  • Chinon ‘Les Cinq Climats’ 2007 Charles Joguet
  • Savigny-les-Beaune La Bataillere aux Vergelesses 1er Cru 2001, Domaine Albert Morot
  • Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja 1985

The Tondonia was the star, with some of the others not far behind.

Our morning blind tasting was a bit tricky. We mostly chose the wine correctly as a French Viognier, but all failed on the price, mostly going for £5 – £10. It turned out to be Condrieu at £19.99.

By the afternoon my tastebuds were getting tired and I was a little disappointed to mistake a Shiraz for a Malbec but apparently the Malbec option was a deliberate red-herring based on some of the characteristics shown by this particular Shiraz.

I think most of us came away with a new interest in decent Burgundies! Bodes badly for the wallet, though…

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