Once again the Union des Grands Crus came to LA for their annual event, a tasting of their newest wines from the Bordeaux region of France. This time it was to present the 2017 vintage. The press and trade come in the afternoon, and then the wine reps do it all over again for the public in the evening. The event was held at Sofitel LA, in the dining room, patio and bar. It was a different set up, and not all of the members of the UGC were there (we were told that there was another UGC event that day in a different state) but with at least 100 Château present, it was more than enough to taste and get a feel for the new wines.
For this article I will share my own general “takeaway” from the event, the tastes I enjoyed the most and a link to my photos. A note about this year’s photos: People have asked me what my trick is for remembering what wines I’ve liked over the years. In the past I would remember a label, however not always because I liked the wine, the label would stick in my memory. So I got in the habit of trying to take photos of the wines I like. For this tasting I did that, and for the wines that really stood out, I tried to get a photo of the wine with the rep.
Between our own palates (my husband Eddie has attended with me for many years and knows what to look for in these young wines) we found that we liked most of the classic Château the best, the names of which most Bordeaux lovers know. We often bought futures of the red Bordeaux, sometimes buying a few new discoveries, and often it has been the classics that always fared the best. Maybe that’s why they’re so good year after year for so many people and remain classics. One last note, maybe it’s me but I can’t seem to find a Sauterne that I don’t like, especially after a long day of tasting red Bordeaux wines.
Wines We Liked
Château Talbot, Château Carbonneau, Château Clinet, Château Rauzan Gassies, Château Phélan Ségur, Château Lagrange, Château Gloria, Château Canon, Château La Couspaude St Emilion, Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey – 1er Grand Cru Classé en 1855, Château Clos Haut-Peyraguey, Château Doisy Daene, Château les Carmes Haut-Brion, Château Latour-Martillac, Château Domaine de Chevalier, Château La Tour Carnet, Château Ferrière, Château Giscours, Château Malescot.
What Stood Out
Château Leoville Poyferre, Smith Haut Lafitte, Château Lynch Bages, Château La Gaffelière, Château Beau-Sejour Becot, Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Château Guiraud, Château Suduiraut, Château Duhart-Milon, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse De Lalande,Château Rauzan Segla, Château Croizet Bages, Château Marquis De Terme.
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video (over 16k views), authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru and the Global Wine Awards. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits.