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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 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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Case 12 x 75cl £591.34

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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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Lovely fragrance and perfume here, this is full of crushed raspberry fruit and offers immediate appeal. The textures are soft and supple and the ensemble is supremely stylish for this level. Lovely elegant St Emilion from a top source. Drink 2015-2025. 15.5

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2009 Château Kirwan, 3ème Cru Margaux

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Soft red fruits, subtle floral fragrances on the nose, on the palate this is sweet and ripe with good detail and clean lines. A good balanced middle-weight that is easily placed in its commune, this is lovely Margaux with a fine, persistent finish. Drink 2017-2030+ 16

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2006 Château Grand Puy Lacoste, 5ème Cru Pauillac

Château Grand Puy Lacoste

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Pure, cool and inviting, this is an awesome GPL. The nose opens with the essence of cassis before moving through to forest fruits and cedar spice. On the palate, the wine is lively, layered and succulent with plenty of intensity and fabulous length. This is an elegant and extremely fine Pauillac and a terrific result for Xavier Borie. Also highly...

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2010 Château Branaire Ducru, 4ème Cru St Julien

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An incredibly pure nose of red fruits and blackberries with an elegant note of spring flowers and perfume. The ripe flavours have a core of dark fruit with notes of sweet spice, toffee and mocha, balanced by a vibrant acidity. Well integrated tannins make this medium-bodied wine attractive and appealing. Beautifully well put together and harmonious. Drink 2018 - 2030

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2004 Château Troplong Mondot, GCC St Emilion

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Fresh dark cherry and damson aromas. Concentrated and with superb balance between the ripe fruit, tannic structure and fine mineral backbone. Very long, harmonious finish. Drink 2010-2022. 92 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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