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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.

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2009 Château Haut Marbuzet, Cru BEx St Estèphe

Château Haut Marbuzet

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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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2007 Château Langoa Barton, 3ème Cru St Julien

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Lovely lilting style, with notes of blackberry, mint and cassis on the nose but in no way forced or coerced. On the palate, black fruits, spice and cedar show with a cool, pure liqueur note but with the same natural feel. A balanced wine of mid-weight, this is a really strong Langoa, with even a little opulence too, strutting about...

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2005 La Croix de Beaucaillou, St Julien

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2000 Château Bonalgue, Pomerol

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2008 Château Malartic Lagraviere Rouge, Pessac Léognan

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2005 Château Lafon Rochet, 4ème Cru St Estèphe

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Sturdy, earthy nose with plenty of minerals and wet brick. Rich dollops of ripe black cherries and berries coat the palate, finely cased in a persistent tannin structure. Promise of a fine future.

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2009 Château Grand Puy Lacoste, 5ème Cru Pauillac

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Notes of loganberry, bramble and fresh cassis on the nose, this is fresh, stylish and charming with lots of energy and lift. On the palate, there is excellent depth but nothing is forced, the wine moving in the mouth with silky elegance backed up by good, ripe tannic structure. Minerality on the finish adds seriousness to accompany the succulence of...

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2004 Château Climens, 1er Cru Barsac

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2011 Château l'Eglise Clinet, Pomerol

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2005 Château Prieure Lichine, 4ème Cru Margaux

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Even considering some of the great vintages produced under the late Alexis Lichine, this estate has never made a wine as impressive as their 2005. Consultant Stephane Derenoncourt is obviously realizing this vineyard¿s full potential. The deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by an open-knit, exotic bouquet of spice, incense, flowers, and sweet black cherries and blackberries. Rich and opulent, with...

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Ripe blackberry nose - very aromatic. Full, strong entry with grainy dissolved tannins and a melée of red and black fruits. Really quite brambly in nature with broad middle palate weight and mineral touches. Zippy, lively, finely crafted and well integrated and wonderful length - very good potential. 17.5 points

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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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