A representative from Bordeaux pours wine at the Mostly Cru Classe Bordeaux Tasting in the Rice Crystal Ballroom.
A representative from Bordeaux pours wine at the Mostly Cru Classe Bordeaux Tasting in the Rice Crystal Ballroom.
Photo by Mai Pham

Chateau Owners From France Visit Houston for a Huge Wine-Tasting Event Featuring More than 60 Bordeaux Wines

If you're a lover of old world wines, specifically Bordeaux wines from France, you'll want to pay attention, because next week, on Tuesday, January 20, a delegation of more than 45 Bordeaux producers -- many of them owners and winemakers -- will be coming to Houston for an extravagant tasting event of more than 60 "mostly" Cru Classé Bordeaux wines from the 2012 vintage.

"2012 is considered a classic vintage," says Bear Dalton, Spec's fine wine buyer, and one of the organizers of the event. "That means that when you taste the wines from the different properties, the wines will show the true character of that particular terroir," he explains. "The 2009 and 2010 Bordeaux vintages were really great, but when you taste them, the vintage takes over, and you taste less of the differences exhibited by each of the properties."

Wine from Château Pichon Longueville
Wine from Château Pichon Longueville
Photo by Mai Pham

This is the fourth time that the delegation will have visited Houston. The walk-around style event will give attendees the opportunity to taste from high and low end wines, spanning a full cross section of appellations from Haut-Médoc, Pauillac, St-Julien, Margaux, St-Emilion, Pomerol, Sauternes and more.

"Each year, the Chateaux owners have gone back to France and told their friends about this event. We've developed a reputation for having a very good event, both from the standpoint of the consumer, and from standpoint of people coming to show their wines" says Dalton. "This year, several new Châteaux, such as Pichon Lalande from Pauillac, will be presenting."

A full list is wines that will be available for tasting (and purchase) are provided below. Doors open from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm. An assortment of artisanal cheeses and breads will be available as well. Attendees will taste from Riedel Degustazione (tasting) glasses.

Details: What: The 2012 Cru Classé Bordeaux Tasting When: Tuesday, January 20, 2015, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Where: The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Post Lofts Cost: $80.00 total per person cash ($84.21 regular).

To reserve your spot for this unique Bordeaux Event, please call Marlo at 832-660-0250 or email MarloAmmons@specsonline.com.

The Crystal Ballroom is located in downtown Houston at 909 Texas Avenue between Travis and Main. Valet Parking will be available.

THE WINES: Dry Whites: Ch. Martinon (Entre Deux Mers), Carbonnieux, Domaine de Chevalier, and Smith Haut Lafitte (all Pessac Leognan Blanc). Sweet Whites: Ch. Coutet (Barsac) and Suduiraut (with Lions de Suduiraut - both Sauternes) Haut Medoc: Camensac, Cantemerle, Chasse Spleen, La Tour Carnet, Mauvesin, and Senejac Margaux: Chx. Cantenac Brown, Ferriere, Brane Cantenac (and Baron de Brane). Pauillac: Chx. d'Armailhac, Clerc Milon, Lynch Bages (with Echo de Lynch Bages), Haut Batailley, Grand Puy Lacoste (with Lacoste Borie), Haut Bages Liberal, Pibran, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande (with Reserve de la Comtesse) Pessac Leognan Rouge: Chx. Carbonnieux, Clos Marsalette, Domaine de Chevalier, Pape Clément and Smith Haut Lafitte Pomerol: Chx. Clinet, le Croix St. Georges, Gazin, La Pointe (with Pomerol de la Pointe) St. Emilion: Chx. Grand Corbin Despagne, Berliquet, Canon La Gaffeliere and Clos de l'Oratoire, la Confession, Daugay, Fombrauge, Larcis Ducasse, Pavie MacQuin, and Vieux Clos St. Emilion. St. Julien: Chx. Branaire Dudru, Gloria and St. Pierre, Hortevie, Langoa-Barton and Leoville-Barton, Leoville-Poyferre, and Talbot Other Bordeaux Appellations: Chx. le Conseiller, Croix Mouton, and 20 Mille (all Bordeaux), Ampélia and d'Aiguilhe (both Castillon), and Puygueraud (Francs)

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