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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...

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2010 Château Doisy Védrines, 2ème Cru Barsac

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Attractive ripe peach, apricot and honey on the nose with elegant, sweet, stone fruit flavours mingled with sweet ripe apples and spices. Quite subtle but plenty of length with a persistent acidity which gives freshness.Armit Wines

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2013 Pensées de Lafleur, Pomerol

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Image of wine Château La Tour Figeac, St Emilion Grand Cru
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This is an absolute classic from La Tour Figeac, round, soft with plenty of gorgeously big blackcurrent and blueberry tones alongside more delicate layers of mint and thyme and a touch of savouriness. It is a wine to be drunk now with a little decanting and goes very well with roast beef. Enjoy!

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Image of wine Les Plantiers du Haut Brion, Pessac Léognan
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Produced as a second label from the Haut Brion estates, this cracker of a wine has all of the character and style of its stablemates and is a brilliant entry point to the whites of this wonderful estate. Haut Brion at a fraction of the price- what¿s not to love? Mineral, racy and lovely Graves typicity here. This is beautifully...

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2012 Pensées de Lafleur, Pomerol

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1988 Château Beauséjour Bécot, 1er GCC St Emilion

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A really mature nose of sous-bois, mushroom and truffles with a warm earthiness, this is a gentle fully mature St Emilion that particularly lends itself to game or ripe cheeses. On the palate, this still has plenty of life and exhibits cloves, pepper and gentle cedar spice and a meaty note with a little star anise. The tannins are smooth...

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1998 Château Vray Croix de Gay, Pomerol

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1998 was a very great vintage for the wines of Pomerol and St Emilion and this is a stunning example.Extraordinarily deep colour and a lovely, overt nose of grilled meat, chocolate and spices. It has an attractive texture, silky and fleshy and delicious, intense, rich concentrated fruit flavours with layers of spice and chocolate, underpinned with a good, solid structure.

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2006 Pensées de Lafleur, Pomerol

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Lovely red fruits on the nose with delicate perfume of lavender and dog rose. Restrained style, lovely balance and finely grained tannins. A melée of English summer pudding. Lovely poise, ripeness and purity with length, elegance and vinosity and an excellent mineral backbone - very good indeed. - 17 points

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2004 Pensées de Lafleur, Pomerol

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Ripe and aromatic dark fruit scents. Lovely layered and textured attack of sweet fruit in the mouth. Superb quality of tannins and great length of flavour. Drink 2009-2020.

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2006 Alter Ego, Margaux

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This has a lovely, easy, fragrant and soft style. Plush and fleshy with charming, gentle summer fruits, this is really nicely balanced with an enticing fragrance. This is very Margaux and should be perfect for mid-term drinking. 16.5 points

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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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