[dropcap size=small]W[/dropcap]hen it comes to getting a feel for a wine-making region, there’s nothing quite like sampling a range of wines made in the same area. This is especially the case for Bordeaux, which is probably France’s most famous wine-making region.

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Next Friday (Feb 26), wines from 18 classified growths will be available for tasting at Bordeaux Rendez-Vouz, which is organised by French wine merchant Barriere-Freres. This Asian series of wine tastings specialises in Bordeaux and is therefore keen on raising the region’s profile in Asia, and will be held at the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa & Spa.


Participating wineries range from Second-Growth Chateau Brane-Cantenac and Chateau Durfort-Vivens to Fifth Growths such as Chateau Clerc Milon and Chateau d’Armailhac. Only red wines will be served, with the exception of Chateau Guiraud, which will serves both dry and sweet whites. Vintages will range from 1998-2008.

Provenance matters. Wine storage and transportation conditions can make a world of difference to the quality of wine by the time it reaches a glass. With that in mind, wines at the Bordeaux Rendez-Vouz will all be ex-chateau, meaning that they’ve never left the wineries that made them. Only magnum bottles will be served, which are rarer ex-chateau than regular 750ml bottles.

The Singapore leg of Bordeaux Rendez-Vouz 2016 happens on Feb 26 at the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa & Spa. Tickets cost S$138 and include a Riedel glass worth S$28, wine tasting and a buffet dinner. Dress code is jacket, no tie. E-mail events@barriere-freres.asia for more information or to buy tickets.

Adapted from The Business Times: TASTING BORDEAUX IN SINGAPORE