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BORDEAUX WINE REGION

The greatest vineyards have of course proved that they will produce great wine whatever the conditions. In a region as renowned and celebrated for its rich history as Bordeaux, twenty years is a mere blink of the eye. However, the changes over the last two decades have been profound. Vineyards have changed hands, new winemaking techniques have come and gone and of course the worldwide interest in the very greatest wines has gone into overdrive.

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2016 Les Champs Libres, Bordeaux Blanc

Château Lafleur

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Bottle 75cl £68.14

Case of 3 £204.42

Case of 3 x 75cl £196.44

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Seductive softly spoken Burgundian toast aspect with just a miniature, delicate, swathe of butter. Then a touch of sweet vanilla, purest citrus with a grapefruit tinge and bundles of energy. Bursting minerality and acidity beams and shines carrying the wine on a wave of limey purity that even a lime would be jealous of. Tingling in its vivacity and drive....

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2010 Le Petit Haut Lafitte, Cru Classé Pessac Léognan

Château Smith Haut Lafitte

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Case of 6 x 75cl £208.08

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2012 Château Rahoul, White

Château Rahoul

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Bottle 75cl £34.68

Case of 6 £208.08

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Case 6 x 75cl £212.40

Case of 6 x 75cl £142.08

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2014 Château Grand Village Blanc, Bordeaux Blanc

Château Grand Village

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Bottle 75cl £18.08

Case of 12 £216.94

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A very sophisticated Grand Village blanc. Really impressive. Plenty of concentration and intensity yet fresh, lively and vibrant. Driving mineral core and an impressively long finish. This offers astonishing value.

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1996 Château Les Hautes Conseillants,Lalande de Pomerol

Château Les Hautes Conseillants

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Case of 12 x 75cl £225.00

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Bottle 75cl £19.06

Case of 12 £228.58

Case of 12 x 75cl £248.16

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Bottle 75cl £19.06

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Bottle 75cl £19.06

Case of 12 £228.58

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Score: 17

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2016 Château Grand Village Blanc, Bordeaux Blanc

Château Grand Village

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Bottle 75cl £19.60

Case of 12 £235.06

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Score: 17

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Bottle 75cl £19.68

Case of 12 x 75cl £236.16

Imperial 600cl

Single bottle£165.44

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85% Merlot/15% Cabernet Franc. First impressions are focused on fresh fruit, a lovely nose of red and black berries that still retain a certain crunchiness. On the palate, there is remarkable precision as well as a creamy texture, a charming combination. The ripe Merlot marries beautifully with the more alert Cabernet Franc and it’s the quality of the tannins that...

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Case of 6 x 150cl £236.16

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Single bottle£165.44

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Single bottle£19.68

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85% Merlot/15% Cabernet Franc. First impressions are focused on fresh fruit, a lovely nose of red and black berries that still retain a certain crunchiness. On the palate, there is remarkable precision as well as a creamy texture, a charming combination. The ripe Merlot marries beautifully with the more alert Cabernet Franc and it’s the quality of the tannins that...

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BORDEAUX WINE REGION

Fashions have seen the rise and fall of the garagistes and the influence of the consultant winemaker. However, for all of these human elements, the 1855 classification remains unchanged and, whether it has been the torrid heat of 2003, the gloom of 2007 or the glory of 2005, the greatest vineyards have proved that they produce great wine whatever the conditions.

In the next twenty years, we will undoubtedly see further pressure on supply at the top with prices continuing to stretch credulity. But what of the hundreds of smaller producers, who have struggled so badly in recent times? Theirs is not the good fortune of great terroir and in a fast moving world, it is here that reform is needed most strongly. The EU wine lake has been emptied and the bad practices that it encouraged are happily draining away too. For the consumer, the result must be the guarantee of ever greater quality because whatever the level of classification, if Bordeaux wants to maintain its position as the number one wine region in the world, quality must be at the centre of its plans.

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