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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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Beautifully scented red fruit aromas. Complex, fine and elegant on the palate, this is a wine of consumate finesse. Drink 2009-2018. 91 points.

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2000 Château Barde Haut, St Emilion Grand Cru

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2013 Château Pontet Canet, 5ème Cru Pauillac

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2004 Château Pontet Canet, 5ème Cru Pauillac

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Very big, powerful cassis aromas. Massively concentrated and structured on the palate, this has superb weight, power and length. Drink 2012-2028. 90 points.

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2010 Château Lynch Bages, 5ème Cru Pauillac

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An incredibly dense yet sophisticated wine which is packed full of rich flavours. Enticing red cherry and plum aromas are followed by layers of ripe blackcurrant and cassis fruit with notes of tobacco and exotic spices. Beautifully textured tannins blend seamlessly with the deep flavours and the fresh acidity. An outstanding success. Drink 2020 - 2038

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2012 Château Pontet Canet, 5ème Cru Pauillac

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2007 Château Troplong Mondot, GCC St Emilion

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Attractive, bright red berry and passion fruit aromas with sweet, summer fruits on the palate and a mineral finish. Focused and pure, with fine integrated tannins and an elegant acidity, this is a very accomplished Talbot which will be delicious in a few years. Drink 2018 ¿ 2028

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2006 Château Léoville Lascases, 2ème Cru St Julien

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2009 Château Trotanoy, Pomerol

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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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