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Bordeaux Masters

The most advance certification program on the region and wines of Bordeaux.

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Starts on September 19, 2024

Registration opens summer 2024

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150 hours of study

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Online study

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$995

Program Overview

The pinnacle in wine education, Wine Scholar Guild presents the Bordeaux Masters Program. The program has completely revised and updated in 2024 to include the most up-to-date information and statistics.

Bordeaux stands as a cornerstone in the world of wine. Wine Scholar Guild’s Bordeaux Masters program celebrates this region and its renowned wine styles with the foremost authorities in the Bordeaux wine trade including Mary Gorman-McAdams MW, Andrew Jefford, Dr. Cornelis (Kees) Van Leeuwen, Colin Gent MW, Guilherme Martins, Wendy Narby, Jane Anson, Fiona Morrison MW, Charles Curtis MW, Mark Pygott MW and more.

This program is unlike any other. Tailored to devoted wine aficionados and industry professionals, WSG’s Bordeaux Masters program distinguishes itself with its rich array of content and preeminent catalogue of world-class contributors.

What's Included

From a comprehensive study manual, recorded instructor seminars, expert interviews and live review online classes, every aspect is thoughtfully designed for the most flexible and in-depth learning experience available on the wines and region of Bordeaux. 

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Study Manual & Additional Resources

Each student receives a printed and e-book version of the fully-revised manual as well as recommended wines to pair with your studies, vintage charts and maps.

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Recorded Sessions

Learn from over 70 pre-recorded sessions, each about 20 mins in length, led by your instructors. Topics span history, geology, terroir, vintages, grape growing, winemaking, specific producers and more. 

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Interviews with Bordeaux Experts

Acclaimed author and WSG Academic Advisor, Andrew Jefford, hosts a series of interviews with experts from the region that examine the current trends, challenges and opportunities for Bordeaux.

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Live Classes & Student Community

Every month, join your lead educator for a live review, designed to test your understanding of the material and keep you on track.

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Final Exam

Online, proctored exam sit to be scheduled within one year of your registration. 

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Certificate

Upon passing, receive your coveted Bordeaux Masters certificate. Add this reputed credential to your LinkedIn profile and résumé or CV.

Detailed Schedule

Enjoy the flexibility of expert-led instruction via live classes, recorded content and interviews. Topics are organized in monthly segments. Each month has a specific geographical focus, allowing themes to slowly build over time.

Live review classes start at 12:00 noon Eastern Time and are recorded for on-demand replay. 

Focus Topics

Description

Live Class Date

Welcome & Orientation

Meet your lead educator, Sharon McLean, for an overview of the Bordeaux Masters certification structure and schedule. You will learn about the resources and where to find them on your online classroom. Sharon will also outline study tips for success and introduce you briefly to the final exam. In the meantime, get to know your fellow classmates or create a local tasting group in the dedicated space just for this course on the WSG Community.

September 19, 2024 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time

Bordeaux Overview

Explore the history of the region, the traditional and new grape varieties, geology and the regional AOCs. Learn how the Bordeaux wine industry is structured and some of the challenges of this model. Finally, we assess the importance of vintage.

November 7, 2024 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time

Left Bank: Red Wines

We focus on the red wines of the Left Bank while examining the specific geology and the terroirs of the AOCs found here. Go back into the vineyard to understand vineyard management practices and move into the winery to take a closer look at how red wines are made. We jump into the myriad of classification systems and consider the future of the en primeur system. Studies are rounded out with a review of vintages and some of the leading estates. 

December 5, 2024 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time

Left Bank: Dry & Sweet White Wines

Staying on the Left Bank, we turn our attention to dry and sweet white wines. We explore why some appellations are known for their white wines, how the wines are made and how vintage conditions have influenced them. Back to La Place, we grapple with the specific roles of the négociants, the châteaux and the courtiers in the supply chain.

January 9, 2025 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time

Right Bank: Saint Émilion, Pomerol & Beyond

Crossing over to the Right Bank, we discover what is so unique about the terroirs here that give rise to a very different mix of grape varieties and wine style. We look at the St. Émilion classification and discuss some of its recent challenges. Completing our studies this month is a look at the major influencers of yesterday and today, with a spotlight on some of the leading châteaux.

February 6, 2025 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time

Entre-Deux-Mers and The Côtes

Our studies wrap-up with Entre-Deux-Mers and The Côtes. In addition to sessions on terroir and producers, we consider how these wines are positioned commercially and the way in which this may change in the global wine landscape. We also take stock of other key discussions around the whole region such as collecting Bordeaux, sustainability and innovation.

March 6, 2025 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time

Exam Preparation

From March 2025 onwards you can register for the exam. To schedule your exam, follow the instructions posted on your online classroom. You have 12 months from your original date of enrollment to take the exam.

Your Educators

Learn from prominent experts in the wines of Bordeaux. WSG's educators are selected for their extensive academic and professional experience in their area of expertise. Many also live in the Bordeaux region.

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Sharon McLean, Lead Educator

Sharon is French Programs Director at WSG and oversaw the redesign of the Masters certifications as well as the complete update and revision of the Bordeaux Masters Certification launched in 2024. She is a Certified Sommelier through the International Sommelier Guild and teaches WSG and WSET courses on Vancouver Island as well as being a freelance wine writer and wine judge. Sharon completed the Diploma from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust® with the highest marks in Canada in 2009.

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Mary Gorman-McAdams MW

Mary Gorman-McAdams MW leads our terroir sessions. She is an independent wine consultant, wine judge, educator and business strategist with a specialist focus on the wines of Bordeaux. She became a Master of Wine in 2011 and is a wine educator and marketer, Mary has served as a mentor to wine students for more than 15 years. 

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Andrew Jefford

Andrew Jefford is the WSG’s Academic Advisor and is an acclaimed writer and critic. He is the author of “The New France,” “Whisky Island,” and “Andrew Jefford's Wine Course.” Andrew is the lead for the vintage presentations and the host of the interviews with the Bordeaux experts for this course. 

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Dr. Cornelis (Kees) Van Leeuwen 

Dr. Van Leeuwen is a Professor of Viticulture at Bordeaux Sciences Agro—ISVV Bordeaux and Head of the Viticulture - Enology Department. He teaches on terroir and vineyard auditing. His research is focused on the concept of terroir in viticulture, and he has published 90 peer-reviewed research papers, which are centred on environmental constraints in the expression of vine-growing terroir.   

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Colin Gent MW

Colin Gent MW is a lead lecturer in the Wine Business Masters programs at Kedge Business School and is well qualified to lead many of our business sessions. He became a Master of Wine in 2003 and provides sales and marketing consultancy services to importers and exporters. He also offers high-end wine education and wine tourism. Gent previously worked for the Bordeaux-based wine broker Europvin.

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Guilherme Martins

Guilherme Martins holds a Ph.D. from the University of Bordeaux in wine microbiology and biotechnology, and he is an enologist graduate degree from the University of Vila Real (Portugal). He has worked as a winemaker in countries like Portugal, France and the United States. He is currently the coordinator of the Master in Vineyard and Winery Management at the Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin de l'Université de Bordeaux. 

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Wendy Narby

Wendy Narby is a senior lecturer at the École du Vin de Bordeaux and has been a wine and food consultant in Paris and Bordeaux for over 20 years. Wendy is a long-term resident of Bordeaux and readily shares her passion in the classroom. She describes herself as a “flying wine educator” taking the latest news from Bordeaux across Europe, Asia and the United States.  

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Jane Anson

Jane Anson is the Bordeaux correspondent and columnist for Decanter magazine. She is the acclaimed author of "Inside Bordeaux,"  “Wine Revolution,” “The Club of Nine,” “Angélus”  and “Bordeaux Legends.”  Jane is an accredited educator with the Bordeaux École du Vin and has been a Bordeaux resident since 2003. 

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Fiona Morrison MW

Fiona Morrison MW is the winemaker and manager at Le Pin (Pomerol), L'IF (Saint Emilion) and Chateau Goubau (Côtes de Castillon). She is also the Managing Director of Thienpont’s wine negociant business. 

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Charles Curtis MW

Charles Curtis MW is the founder of WineAlpha and a regular columnist for the Chinese version of La Revue du Vin de France. He is the author of “The Original Grand Crus of Burgundy” and is a regular teacher and speaker at Master of Wine courses, numerous universities and dozens of wine and food festivals over the years. 

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Mark Pygott MW

Mark Pygott MW has made, imported, distributed, marketed and sold wine in many countries. Mark became an Master of Wine in 2016 and instructs a range of business in wine courses through leading education providers such as the Kedge Business School in Bordeaux. 

Meet the renowned Bordeaux specialists in the interview series:

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Jane Anson

As well as being one of our instructors, Jane meets with Andrew to give deeper context to the history and positioning of Bordeaux.

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Christian Seely

Managing Director of AXA Millésimes, responsible for the prestigious Château Pichon Baron and Châteaux Pibran in Pauillac, Petit-Village in Pomerol, Suduiraut in Sauternes, as well as domaines in Bourgogne, Portugal, Hungary and Napa. 

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Bill Blatch

Bill arrived in Bordeaux in 1974 and has since become a recognized font of knowledge for all things Sauternes. He is the founder of Négociant Vintex and Consultant to Christie's, France. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Wine professionals, including sommeliers, food & beverage directors, servers, wine educators, distributor representatives, and importers, looking to enhance their expertise in Bordeaux's appellations, both sparkling and still. 
  • Enthusiasts of Bordeaux seeking a comprehensive education in viticulture, winemaking, history, and the unique people behind this renowned wine region. 
  • Individuals desiring the ability to confidently discuss and provide exceptional service and guidance about Bordeaux, encompassing both its regional and wine aspects. 

Have a different question? Feel free to contact us.

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Elevate your expertise.

Starts on September 19, 2024

Registration opens summer 2024

Join the waitlist now