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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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2013 Château Giscours, 3ème Cru Margaux

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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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2012 Château Giscours, 3ème Cru Margaux

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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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2000 Château Bonalgue, Pomerol

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2011 Château Giscours, 3ème Cru Margaux

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2009 Château Gloria, St Julien

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2010 La Croix de Beaucaillou, St Julien

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Sourced from a single vineyard since 2005, so no longer merely a second wine, it has achieved new levels of expression in the 2010 vintage. Very ripe and enticing on the nose, it has layers of sweet plum and cassis aromas. On the palate, luscious sweet blackcurrant fruit with exotic spices are balanced by refined, integrated tannins. This is a...

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2008 Château Malartic Lagraviere Rouge, Pessac Léognan

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2014 Pichon Longueville Lalande, 2ème Cru Pauillac

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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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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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