Sixth annual Bordeaux tasting (2014 vintage) - Napa

22 January 2019 , 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM  | Napa

The sixth annual Institute of Masters of Wine (North America) Bordeaux Tasting will be held at the Archer Hotel in Napa on Tuesday 22 January 2019. This event mirrors the long-established Annual Claret Tasting in London, England, and will showcase wines from the Grands Crus Classés of the Médoc and their equivalents from the Right Bank and Graves (including Sauternes). As is customary, the vintage to be tasted is five years prior to the year of the event: 2014.

While the 2014 vintage was not a vintage without challenges for Bordeaux, it is arguably the finest vintage since the notable back-to-back vintages of 2009 and 2010. Growers saw the vintage start well with moderate temperatures and good rain in the winter months (2014 was one of the wettest winters in 50 years), leading to early bud-burst in mid-March. Early Spring brought warm, sunny and dry weather followed by a wetter May and culminating in rapid flowering. June saw hot weather, progressing towards a good quality vintage for many, although some vineyards experienced humidity and mildew pressure. Extensive crop thinning, where practiced, led to improved conditions. July came in cooler and wetter with some hail, moving into a cool and somewhat damp August. Fortunately, September saw a return to warm and sunny weather with good harvest conditions continuing through October. In general, the 2014 vintage brought higher yields than in 2013, and produced mostly medium-bodied/mid-weight wines with silky tannins, moderate alcohol and good acidity.

The IMW(NA) Bordeaux Tasting will allow wine professionals the opportunity to taste a comprehensive range of crus classés from the most prestigious appellations of Bordeaux. This event is deliberately limited in attendee numbers to ensure that the wines are tasted in optimal conditions. Since its purpose is primarily educational rather than promotional, the tasting will have a number of Masters of Wine in attendance who will be prepared to respond to your questions and comments.

The tasting is offered in one single session from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Discounted tickets for Masters of Wine and MW students are $70.00 and general admission tickets are $100.00. Tickets are non-refundable but transferable.

This event sells out quickly: please purchase early to avoid disappointment. Questions may be addressed to Nancy Johnson at



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