Think of the most prestigious wine in the world. What country or region comes to mind? What wineries? What appellation(s)? If the first answer that popped in your mind is “Bordeaux,” then this is your lucky week.
On Thursday, January 17th, from 4:30pm-8:30pm, Spec’s is hosting what is arguably the pre-eminent wine event of the year: The 2010 (Mostly) Cru Classé Bordeaux Tasting.
Curated by Spec’s wine buyer, Bear Dalton, Spec’s is hosting forty Bordeaux chateau owners, directors, and winemakers in Houston. For French wine lovers and lovers of Bordeaux wine specifically, this is a chance in a lifetime to mix and mingle with winery representatives without making a trip to France.
Hopefully, you'll learn a whole lot about Bordeaux that you didn't know before. Maybe you'll become acquainted with new appellations in the region. Perhaps you'll make a connection, and find a wine you're so crazy about, that it will lead to a trip to France down the line. Or perhaps you'll fall in love with a wine so much, you'll want to load a couple of cases of it in your car before you go home.
The walk-around tasting event will be held in the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Hotel, and will feature fifty-two mostly Cru Classé Bordeaux from the excellent 2010 vintage. By appellation, these include:
Pomerol: Chx. Clinet, Croix St Geroges, Gazin, and La Pointe
St. Emilion: Chx. Angelus, Canon La Gaffeliere, Clos L’Oratoire, and Daugay, Clos Fourtet, Grand Corbin Despagne, and La Confession
Castillon: Chx. d’Aiguilhe and Ampelia
St. Estephe: Chx. Lafon Rochet and les Ormes de Pez
Pauillac: Chx. Pichon Baron, Pibran, Lynch Bages (with 2nd wine Echo de Lynch Bages and Lynch Bages Blanc as well), d’Armailhac, Clerc Milon, Grand Puy Lacoste (and 2nd wine Lacoste Borie), Haut Batailley, and Haut Bages Liberal
St. Julien: Chx. Branaire Ducru, Leoville Barton, Leoville Poyferrre, Talbot, St. Pierre, and Gloria
Margaux: Chx. Brane Cantenac (along with Baron de Brane), Cantenac Brown, and Ferriere
Haut Medoc: Chx. Cantemerle, Chasse Spleen, Camensac, Poujeaux, and Senejac
Pessac Leognan (Graves): Ch. Carbonnieux (both red & white), Domaine de Chevalier (both red & white), Smith Haut Lafitte (both red and white) and Clos Marsalette (red)
Sauternes: Ch. Suduiraut (along with 2nd wine Lions de Suduiraut)
DATE & TIME: Thursday, December 17th, 2013. The tasting will open at 4:30pm and run until 8:30pm, and will include a spread of artisanal cheeses and breads chosen to help absorb the wines and refresh the palate. The tastings will be offered in Riedel Degustazione (tasting) glasses.
COST: The cost for this extraordinary event is $75/per person plus tax, an incredible value for the premier tasting event.
FOR RESERVATIONS: A credit card is required to reserve a spot for this incredible event. Limited space is available; it is imperative that you make your reservations early. The event is anticipated to sell out. Please contact Marlo at 832-660-0250 or email MarloAmmons@specsonline.com to secure your spots.
LOCATION: The Crystal Ballroom is located in downtown Houston at 909 Texas Avenue between Travis and Main. Valet Parking will be available.