Blog: Bordeaux Under One Roof 2014
The west side’s Industria Superstudios was transformed into a wine lover’s playground on Thursday night as more than 200 different bottles from Bordeaux would be poured into the waiting glasses of nearly three hundred thirsty New Yorkers. The second annual “Bordeaux Under One Roof,” presented both in New York and Los Angeles by the Bordeaux Wine Council, would showcase some of the very best varietals from France’s largest growing area amid the tastefully chic setting- replete with a house DJ, some passed around bites and a wacky photo booth for guests to commemorate all of the evening’s festivities.
With tickets priced at a very reasonable $50, the affair would provide unparalleled value for attendees, each of whom seemed entirely satisfied with the evening that lay ahead. Proceeds from the event would benefit charity partner City Harvest, amongst New York’s most acclaimed nonprofit organizations with initiatives focused on providing food for the City’s homeless. With three full hours of pouring being offered, the happening was a quick sell out, though it would be nearly impossible for the room filled with tastemakers to sample all of the incredible wines assembled under ‘one roof’- though that’s not to say that some didn’t try.
Conveniently, the hundreds of bottles on hand were separated throughout the space by region and while many were noteworthy, our favorite pour of the evening came from southeast Bordeaux, by a surprisingly affordable bottle of white. The 2013 “Chateau Bonnet” was a deliciously refreshing dry white blend, comprised by Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion and Muscadelle grapes. Despite it’s $13 sticker price, the wine was downright fantastic, delivering a crisp, exotic feel with a fresh finish that would lead you to believe the wine to be far pricier. It’s a very approachable white that will surely impress most casual wine drinkers. Also of note, the 2010 “Chateau Moulin de la Roquille” was particularly full-bodied, exploding with hints of ripe cherries on the nose. Similarly affordable at just $18, the dry red graded just a notch below its predecessor, despite being equipped with nice spices through its finish.
As guests worked their way around the crowded room, the wait staff was weaving and dodging through the outstretched hands of folks grabbing at their trays of food. Delicious dishes from savory cheeseburger sliders and pulled pork tacos to pizza triangles and a chilled crab salad quickly evaporated as each tray passed through each crevice in the crowd of people. Fortunately though, the food kept coming from the kitchen, safely appeasing the hungry masses and providing a base for their pours of red and white wines from which to sponge.
Despite the evening’s looming barrage of cold weather- and the fact that roughly ninety percent of Bordeaux wines are in fact red- we found ourselves sticking to some of the white wines being poured in the studio space. The 2013 “Chateau l’Insoumise Chai 45 Blanc,” a steal at just $7 is a nice citrus-forward everyday wine and the 2013 “Duc De Valmont” was as smooth and rich a wine as we sipped upon all evening long. Across the spectrum to red wines, we were certainly wowwed by some more than others- the $15 2011 “Chateau Rousset-Caillau” for instance, was exceptionally firm and nicely dry. We also enjoyed the 2008 “Chateau Brande-Bergere,” a red blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon which was pleasantly fruit-forward with hints of plum and berries from aroma to taste.
After three hours of tasting, many of the wines seemed to run together as our palates became a bit less discerning. Fortunately, the notes that we took during the event were legibly written early on so that we’d be able to recall some of our favorite tastings from the evening. For one brief night, New York City was transported to France’s most renowned wine region for an unbeatable affair of exquisite pours and delectable comfort foods that would satisfy thrillseekers on any budget.
- Jane Van Arsdale