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  • Vertical tastings

    Hello Neal.

    Just been reading your Pomerol book; fantastic!!

    Anyway, I have some questions about vertical tastings.

    1) Do you always start with the youngest and finish with the oldest?

    2) Let's say it's a Petrus top flight; would you spit? And if not, would that not blur the judgment of the last wines?

    Please say something about this, as I plan to organize some tastings.

    Best regards,

    Ketil, Oslo

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    Re: Vertical tastings

    Hi Ketil,
    Yes - I often taste from oldest to youngest because the latter are more powerful and it can become harder to pick up the nuances from older wines. Would I spit a Petrus vertical? Yes I would. Hopefully afterwards there would be some opportunity to actually drink the wines! Rarities such as these are not usually opened on their own, but rather at dinners where they can be fully appreciated. Something like Petrus - you want to sit with for a while and see it open in the glass. I try to do that as much as possible because that can often distinguish a top wine.
    B rgds


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