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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.

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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2007 Château Rieussec, 1er Cru Sauternes

Château Rieussec

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Case 6 x 75cl £380.40
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2001 Château Rieussec, 1er Cru Sauternes

Château Rieussec

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Case 12 x 37.5cl £537.60

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2007 Château Clerc Milon, 5ème Cru Pauillac

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Bottle 75cl £45.10

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2004 Château Vray Croix de Gay, Pomerol

Château Vray Croix De Gay

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Bottle 75cl £47.60

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Intense and vibrant red fruit aromas. Well balanced in the mouth, with extraction and balance to the cherry fruit character. Long finish. A great result from this fabulously located vineyard.

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Case 12 x 75cl £679.18

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2010 Château Clos L'Eglise, Pomerol

Château Clos l'Eglise

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Bottle 75cl £132.60

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2007 Château Beychevelle, 4ème Cru St Julien

Château Beychevelle

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Bottle 75cl £66.60

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A classic nose showing lots of red and black berry fruit and cedar notes. The palate is lovely, mid-weight with smooth tannins, a sense of poise and a lovely St Julien typicity. Well balanced, finely crafted, this is classic, honest claret that should prove popular.

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1997 Château Rieussec, 1er Cru Sauternes

Château Rieussec

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Case 12 x 75cl £931.18

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2010 Château Climens, 1er Cru Barsac

Château Climens

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Case 12 x 75cl £949.18
£1,051.18

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Case 12 x 75cl £1,176.88
£1,237.18

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Brilliant, intense, rich and unctuous, this combines undoubted class with a little flamboyance too. Notes of peach, nectarine and sherbet with enough acidity to counter the sweetness, overlaying a deep, layered core and a mineral streak on the finish. This has you could possibly want from a top Sauternes. Chapeau to Lur-Saluces. Drink 2015-2030+. 18.5

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2010 Chapelle de la Mission, Graves

Château Mission Haut Brion

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Bottle 75cl £119.60

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A remarkably restrained wine in this vintage. Elegant aromas combine subtle red berry fruits with delicate mineral and savoury notes. On the palate, the tannins are firm, but refined, and the fruit, though sweet and ripe, is balanced by a very refreshing acidity with mineral notes on the finish. Over-all this is a very elegant wine. Drink 2019 - 2035

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2008 Château Laville Haut Brion Blanc, Cr Classé Graves

Château Laville Haut Brion

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Case 6 x 75cl £1,469.10
£1,545.60

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Crisp lemon fruit with rich mealy notes and a dense texture on the palate, this is really alive, with lovely acidity and plenty of minerality. Very clean and crisp with a long finish but more power than its sibling, this is the Bâtard to the Chevalier. Drink 2014-2025

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