One of the many pleasures we have here at Beltramo’s is giving our customers the same opportunity that we usually have to try before we buy. Buying decisions for something as subjective as wine should be as informed as possible, even with highly regarded brands of long-standing quality. Which is the primary reason we always want to taste before making an actual purchase, a close second reason being that it gives us the ability to convey the style, flavors and overall quality of the wine to our clients. These reasons are the driving force behind our Saturday and evening Tastings; to give you the opportunity to taste before buying.
Sad to say, one of our tasting traditions took a detour this spring. We did not hold a tasting of the wines produced by the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti in the latest vintage. It simply made more sense to make all the bottles available for purchase. Fortunately the opportunity to take a detour presented itself, and we went South by Southwest from Burgundy to Bordeaux and on June 4th we tasted through all the First Growths produced in 2009, plus two more 2009s of similar quality and two 2005 First Growths.
The line-up went like this: 2009 Cheval Blanc, 2009 Château La Mission-Haut-Brion, 2009 Château Margaux, 2009 Château Lafite Rothschild, 2009 Château Mouton-Rothschild – Pauillac, 2009 Château Latour, 2009 Château La Mission Haut Brion, 2005 Château Margaux, and 2005 Château Mouton-Rothschild and it was a fascinating experience. The wines all showed superbly and every attendee was extremely pleased to have had the chance to taste them all, side-by-side. It was also a powerful reminder of just how stunning the best of Bordeaux can be, if there was a common thread it was the combination of layered complexity and velvety elegance. To taste them this young is sacrilege to some but I have to say that there is a thrill to be had when you experience the exuberant vitality that jumps out of the glass at this stage. Also, you can revel in the speculation of how these wines will evolve and unfold and ask yourself which special occasion in years hence will be worthy of pulling the cork.
If you were one of the lucky attendees, let this be a reminder of the pleasure of that evening and a reminder to purchase any favorites you may have missed. If you were not able to join us, we’re sorry you couldn’t and we will be tasting more Bordeaux this fall. We won’t taste these wines again for many years but 2009 and 2010 were outstanding vintages in Bordeaux and definitely will be featured in upcoming tastings. To keep updated on all Bordeaux happenings here at Beltramo’s, simply join the list by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and for detailed tasting notes on the First Growths above click on the names or give us a call.
Matt S., Beltramo’s Operations Manager