Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of chairing one of the wine worlds historical long standing debates – Bordeaux versus Burgundy. The event was organised by Seminars.ie and sponsored by The Merrion Hotel and O’Briens Wine.
This is the first time the event has been staged in Dublin and took place at the beautiful RDS Concert Hall. We were delighted to have Jancis Robinson MW making the case for Burgundy and John Wilson Irish Times wine critic arguing the case for Bordeaux.
The hall was a hive of activity before the event as bottles of Domaine Seguin Manuel Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru 2014 were opened and tasted ahead of the debate starting.
The Bordeaux for the night Chateau Du Glana St Julien 2012 was also tasted and left to breath before being poured during the debate.
Jancis took the floor first with a formidable set of arguments for Burgundy based on the history, fabulous terroir and Burgundian growers who are honest custodians of the land. Jancis also made a strong case for the nuances and elegance of the wines from Burgundy.
Second to his feet, John countered with an equally strong case for Bordeaux focusing on its diversity especially away from the famous communes and world class wine making know how. John also argued strongly for petits châteaux in terms of the quality and value they offer.
The audience had voted for Burgundy as their favourite region on the way in but following the debate and an extensive Q&A session, Bordeaux was the victor in the end.