How do you taste wine?

How to taste wine

2013 wine selection

White wine
Pouilly Fuissé 2011
Sancerre « Jadis » 2011
Pouilly Fumé « les demoiselles » 2011
Saint Aubin Ier Cru “aux charmois” 2008
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru « les vergers » 2006
Chablis Grand Cru « vaudesir » 2009

Red Wines
Chorey les Beaune 2011
Givry 1er Cru 2011
Nuits Saint Georges 2009
Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru “aux Charmes” 2010
Corton Renards Grand Cru 2004
Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2007

Wine tasting tips

Here is a simple method for tasting wine which is easy to remember and covers the most important points that I call ‘The 6 S’s of wine tasting’

S Number 1 – ‘Sight’

When you first pour the wine in the glass, look at it for any signs of problems. The wine should be clear and shiny, limpid, without cloudiness or a strange colour. White wines will become more golden with age and reds more orange tinged, but neither should ever be brown!

S Number 2 – ‘Sniff’

Put nose in the glass and smell. The first nose is primarily to detect any bad aromas – the wine should not smell musty, or of rotten eggs, bleach or rotting apples. It should have a pleasant aroma.

S Number 3 – ‘Swirl’

Swirl the wine around in the glass vigorously. This will oxygenate the wine and allows the flavour molecules to be released increasing and enhancing the flavour.

S Number 4 – ‘Sniff again’

This second nose should normally be more aromatic than the first. For your own enjoyment try to identify any aromas you can detect – Flowers, yellow fruits like apricots or peaches, light red fruits like cherries or raspberries, dark red fruits like blackcurrants or blackberries, honey, vanilla, pepper, spices, tobacco….. Keep it fun and light-hearted; it’s not a test!

S Number 5 – ‘Sip’

Take some wine in your mouth and swish it around in your mouth to try and make sure that all the parts of your mouth and tongue have been covered. See how the flavours in your mouth compare to what you had smelled – a wine can be very fruity on the nose but less so on the palate, or vice versa. Does the flavour increase in intensity or drop off quickly; do the aromas change, is it better or worse than you expected?

S Number 6 – ‘Spit or swallow’

Up to you to choose if you want to spit or swallow the wine – depending on how many wines you will be tasting and who’s driving! Once you have spat the wine out, see how long the flavours remain on your palate; this is what we call ‘persistence’. As in many things – the longer the better!

Miss Pinot Noir