Wendy Narby, who must be one of the most interesting and edifying presenters in the world, came to Corkbuzz in NYC today to educate sommeliers, writers, wine buyers, and others about the Medoc region of Bordeaux that includes the famous Saint-Estephe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Margaux, as well as Listrack, Moulis, the Medoc, and Haut Medoc.
I visited each of these regions and even so, really appreciated the recap about the soil, climate, and history.
It was interesting to hear about each area as we tasted through the wines, and I was very proud that I could (by now, let us hope so!) figure out the rough percentage of Merlot to Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the percentage of New Oak within respectable limits.
One interesting thing I did learn … in bad vintages it might make sense to buy from the best properties, as they have the capital to pull out all the stops to make the wine better than a winery who could not afford to do so.