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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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1998 Château Mouton Rothschild, 1er Cru Pauillac

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1998 Château Mouton Rothschild, 1er Cru Pauillac

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Like many of its peers, the 1998 has filled out spectacularly. Now in the bottle, this opaque black/purple-colored offering has increased in stature, richness, and size. A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc (57% of the production was utilized), it is an extremely powerful, super-concentrated wine offering notes of roasted espresso, creme de cassis, smoke,...

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2013 Château Pétrus, Pomerol

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Case of 3 x 75cl £6,308.04

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2005 Château Lafleur, Pomerol

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2005 Château Lafleur, Pomerol, Château Lafleur

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2010 Château Lafleur, Pomerol

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Case of 6 x 75cl £8,416.08

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The Guinaudeaus have created a wine of massive power and flavour but with an elegance and delicacy that is simply remarkable. The colour is gorgeous, glisteningly dark, but the pinkest of rims suggests the perfume and finesse to come. Rich black fruit and spices leap out of the glass, with heady notes of peonies and lilac. Graphite, smoke and green...

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2009 Château Lafleur, Pomerol

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On the nose, the wine is unusually open and giving, engaging the taster immediately. However, rather than rushing out of the glass, this is a more measured introduction, luring you in. Notes of small black cherries, violets, graphite, spice and a little pepper introduce themselves one by one, all in perfect detail. On the palate, there is a gear change,...

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1996 Château Margaux, 1er Cru Margaux

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Case of 12 x 75cl £8,552.16

Case of 12 x 75cl £8,552.16

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Case of 12 x 75cl £9,658.56

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Exuding the elegance and restraint so typical of Lafite. At the same time moutfilling and expansive. Well-refined richesse, violets, black cherry berry fruit, mint, liqourice and stones. Grainy tannins. Fine presence. Seamless. Neverending. Takes you to another realm.

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2010 Château Pétrus, Pomerol

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2009 Château Le Pin, 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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