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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 Suduiraut, 1er Cru Sauternes

Château Suduiraut

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A lovely, fresh, elegant nose very pretty and floral in aromatics but with considerable depth. On the palate, exotic notes of candied citrus, passion fruit and ripe stone fruits emerge. Very concentrated and rich but with an excellent lifted finish and truly impressive length. 93% Semillon: 7% Sauvignon Blanc. Drink 2014-2030+ 17.5

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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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2006 Château Grand Puy Lacoste, 5ème Cru Pauillac

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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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2009 Château Climens, 1er Cru Barsac

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2008 Château Ducru Beaucaillou, 2ème Cru St Julien

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Very pure, ripe cassis on the nose, the essence of Cabernet. On the palate, this is smooth and silky with plenty of flesh and a greater sense of accessibility than many of its neighbours but no lack of grip and rigour either. Focused and precise with beautiful fragrances and notes of black cherry, mint, tobacco and wood spices, this is...

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2011 Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol

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2012 Y d'Yquem, Bordeaux Blanc

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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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2009 Château Trotanoy, Pomerol

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Produced as a second label from the Haut Brion estates, this cracker of a wine has all of the character and style of its stablemates and is a brilliant entry point to the whites of this wonderful estate. Haut Brion at a fraction of the price- what¿s not to love? Mineral, racy and lovely Graves typicity here. This is beautifully...

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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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