Continuing on, to stages 10 through 14 we follow the riders through the regions of Bergerac, Jurancon, and Cahors.
The region of Bergerac is often times overshadowed by its older sister Bordeaux because of its closer proximity and the fact that Bergerac frequently uses the same grapes and makes their wines in the image of Bordeaux’s. Offering a bit more individuality is Cahors, the home to Malbec. This region is the only red wine appellation to not use Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc. Their wines are known for being “black wines” meaning very dark and heavy in color and on the palate. Vineyards are placed into two categories in Cahors; limestone plateaus making the wines more tannic and then gravelly sloped plateaus making the wines fruiter. Saving the sweetest region for last is Jurancon in south-western France, making wine since the 14th century. Jurancon only makes white wines, and if you are in the mood for something sweet than this is the place to go. To put into perspective how sweet Jurancon wines are, Coke has about 108 grams of sugar in one liter. Standard dry, white wines have about 182 grams of sugar per liter. Jurancon wines however, their standard is 247 grams and their late harvest has 281 grams of sugar per liter. Talk about rotting your teeth away!
What to Expect:
Walking in, you arrive at a sit down, interactive, wine tasting during which we provide for tasting six to eight new wines to taste and discuss over the one and a half hour period of time allotted to the class. At these gatherings everyone attending brings their own level of knowledge and experiences, adding to the conversation on the wines, regions, and varietals. All levels of wine lovers are welcome! What brings is all together once every week is simply that we LOVE wine!