final study guide - Sample themes for prelim 2 Topics...

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Sample themes for prelim 2 Topics include: classes #8 Bordeaux through #14 Italy (readings and handouts). The following is a list of study topics which will help you focus on the most important things. This is information which a person who is interested in and studies the subject of wine should know. The prelim will consist of 125 to 150 multiple choice questions and will be worth a total of 150 points. Since you already have taken one exam you should have a good idea of the style of questions you will be given for the second exam. If you are able to answer the questions below you should have little difficulty with the exam. France—Bordeaux What are the AOC levels of Bordeaux wines? Regional – AOC Bordeaux Sub-regional – Haut-Médoc Commune – AOC Margaux Château – Château Margaux What are the major grape varieties grown in the different districts or appellations of Bordeaux? Merlot – Right Bank – Saint-Emilion, Pomerol Cabernet Franc – Right Bank - Fronsac Cabernet Sauvignon – Left Bank – Médoc, Graves Which of the fine wine producing districts of Bordeaux have been classified? the Médoc (60+1), Sauternes/Barsac (26), Graves (16), Saint-Emilion What are the names of the five Chateaux which hold the First Growth Status today? Château Lafite-Rothschild Château Latour Château Margaux Château Haut-Brion Château Mouton-Rothschild How do the wines of the right bank differ from the wines of the left bank? Left Bank – gravel soil, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates, austere, tannic wines, more blackcurrant flavor, require more aging Right Bank – clay and limestone soil, Merlot dominates, Cabernet Franc also big, less tannic, richer in texture, plummier flavors, higher alcohol content, require less aging
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Which districts are best known for specific wine types e.g. dry white, sweet wines, etc? Dry white – Entre-Deux-Mers, Graves, Pessac-Léognan Sweet wines – Ciron Merlot – Saint-Emiloin, Pomerol, Fronsac Cabernet Sauvignon – Médoc, Graves What are the labeling requirements and how does one decode a Bordeaux wine label? Vintage – 100% from that year “Grand vin” – illegal on their own AOC designation – 100% from that region, commune, etc. How does the climate influence Bordeaux’s wine styles? Maritime climate, gulf stream keeps summers warm and winters mild, flat landscape, pine forests act as barrier to Atlantic storms, but potential for rain at harvest gives significant vintage What historic events influenced the growth of the wine industry in Bordeaux? 379 – Ausonius (Latin poet) writes of vines growing along Garonne River 1152 – Eleanor of Aquitane marries Henry Plantagenet English rule until 1453 Bordeaux exempt from British import tax wines more affordable, available Wine trade made up of merchants, not monks big export opportunity 1600s – Dutch engineers drain marshes of Médoc to make vineyards Netherlands
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