Ask Sam: A Wine Tasting We Go

Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux Wine Tasting

I was delighted to be invited to the Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux Wine Tasting. It was a sea of attractive people drinking fabulous wine.

When presented with the various bottles of wine, I used the “Buy Wine Now!” app to record my first impressions and overall rating of each bottle I encountered. The app is a journalist’s dreams come true! After tasting each wine, I was able to look it up very easily in the app’s wine database. My first impressions were easy to log in as well as the app has key phrases typically used to describe the flavors of wine that you can highlight and use in your notes of each particular wine.

Each wine I reviewed was placed in a list and is categorized by my overall “star” rating of it.

These are some of the wines I had the pleasure of sipping on:

Château Faizeau (2013) – 4 Stars

This wine was nice; it had a fruity, tangy finish. The export manager was a very handsome Frenchman.

Château Fombrauge (2011) – 1 Star

Not a fan– all smoke

Château Greysac (2010) – 4 Stars

A great wine for the price! For $20 you can bring a totally respectable wine to dinner.

Château La Cardonne (2010) – 2 Stars

Very cherry with a little smoke.

Château La Cardonne (2013) – 4 Stars

This one was a little juicier, not as intense as its older sister but I liked it more. I think in a few years it will be more velvety and a little fuller. All in all, I liked it very much.

Château Rollan de By (2010) – 4 Stars

I’m in love! A totally respectable wine with a little more Merlot in the blend. Really easy to drink! In fact, for $30 you can hold your head up high when bringing this to a dinner party.

Château Trianon (2010) – 5 Stars

Just glorious.

Château Trianon (2013) – 4 Stars

Love it! Round balanced and a velvety smoky finish.

Château Vray Croix de Gay (2010) – 4 Stars

A very elegant wine for $65 a bottle

Château du Parc (2011) – 4 Stars

Smoky but full bodied a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc