Now recently I had written about our tour of the Bouchard Aine & Fils wine cellar. One of the descriptions of the tour also mentioned this as the 5 senses trail. There were hints from a blue book which they were selling, and had displayed prominently on one of the tables in the manor house. So here I would like to walk you through the experience of this.As mentioned previously, the 5 senses that the tour is supposed to cover in the enjoyment of the wine. These are: Sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. There was a sign in the cellar talking about these 5 senses involved in the discovery of wine.
We really liked the 5 senses trail, and hence also bought the book which was available to purchase, as a souvenir for the trip.
Sense of sight:
The first sense covered is sight. This describes how the wine looks in the wine glass, as this can give an indication of the clarity of the wine, the age/maturity of the wine, the variety of grapes the wine was made from. There were charts to demonstrate the different colours of both red and white wines. This is one that we’ve considered while tasting wine, but not given as much emphasis to in the past, but we have certainly learnt about this a bit more after the wine tour.
Sense of smell:
The next sense covered is smell. This is the one we’ve enjoyed the most as our daughters could also experience this by smelling the various jars there to depict each smell – lemons, Creme de Cassis (Blackcurrant), chocolate, truffles etc. These were separated into 4 different categories: fruity, floral, herbal/spices and mineral/earthy.
There was also a box of 12 aromas available to buy in the shop, to use as the reference standard for smells when tasting wine. We did not buy this, as we already have a larger box of 54 essential aromas (Le Nez Du Vin) for wine tasting and a great ice-breaking game for parties.
Sense of hearing:
The next sense was hearing, which was not something we would have thought about when tasting wine. In the wine cellar, there were speakers piping out the sounds of nature to help us think about the ambiance of the chateau where the wine was grown. This may not be something we will be doing when tasting wine, but we can also consider the popping of the cork and the sound of wine being poured into the glass.
Sense of taste:
Next up is the sense of taste. There is great emphasis on this in our own wine tasting, as we try and describe the various sensations emanating out of sipping and sloshing the wine in the mouth, whether it is tannic, long-lasting, salty, smooth, bitter, balanced, sweet, full-bodied etc.
Sense of touch:
The last of the senses trail is that of touch, to describe how the wine feels in the mouth, whether it is silky smooth, velvety, leathery, harsh, dry or metallic. This is another sense that we have not really thought about when tasting wine, but certainly something we can consider for future tastings.
The 5 senses trail was certainly a very educational and enjoyable experience for all of us, with the smell and taste sensations the ones we enjoyed the most. This is definitely a great tour to go on and one we all would recommend. We have learnt alot during this tour.