Prestigious. Famous. Extraordinary. Unique. A wine with strong character! These are just a few of the words that describe the distinguishable wine coming from Bordeaux. When the majority of people think of Bordeaux wines, they usually associate it with red wines. However, Bordeaux did not start out as a strong red wine region. In fact, they were known for their sweet whites, which none other than Thomas Jefferson was a strong consumer of. It was not until the 1850’s that Bordeaux became known for red wine. And since then, there has been no going back. What made Bordeaux so popular? Was it the climate? Maybe it was something in the soil? Actually, it was the fact that Bordeaux was a major port city for centuries. This allowed access to both small and large wine producers to the world when it came to selling their wines. This evening we will be focusing on one Bordeaux winery in particular; Chateau La Mothe.
A Little About the Speaker
Hugues is currently the Virginia Manager at Elite Wines Imports a fine wine Mid Atlantic Importer and Distributor specialist in high end French, Spanish and German wines. Hugues was also the Sales Manager at Kysela Père et Fils Ltd, a national importer of fine wines and recipient of Importer of the year 2013 from the Wine Enthusiast Magazine based in Winchester, VA for 14+ years. Previously, he was the Beverage Director/Sommelier for The Inn at Little Washington, in Washington, Virginia for 8.5 years. Under Mr. Beaulieu’s directorship, the Inn’s wine program received numerous awards and accolades including The Wine Spectator’s Grand Award, the Best Wine Service Award from the James Beard Foundation, and the Golden Cluster from the Virginia Wineries Association. He studied and trained in France and England and is presently holds the advanced level of the Court of Master Sommelier’s Program.
List of Wines for this Evening:
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 alloted 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!