Tasting Exercise: Complexity Levels

My goal while learning about different wines is to become proficient in all of the aspects of tasting.  There are a plethora of tasting exercises that can be completed to help accomplish this goal.  This week I will be focusing on learning about complexity levels in wine.

* Pour a Petit Chablis versus a Chablis versus a Chablis Premier Cru versus a Chablis Grand Cru from the same producer and taste knowing what they are.  Coment overall numer of notes you take about each wine (fruits, earth, wood, other) and combine with length of finish (short, medium, long) and overall pleasure factor.  There should be a range from simple all the way to highly complex.

* Then taste in a blind fashion five times and try to guess which level of Chablis you are tasting.  Repeat five days in a row.

* Repeat exercise with Bourgogne Rouge all the way to Grand Cru within one village (Vosne-Romanee, Chambolle-Musigny, etc.) and one producer.

* Repeat exercise with one variety within one region from one producer with various “reserve” levels of their winery.