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WINES OF BORDEAUX

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by Karim Attia. WINES OF BORDEAUX (Vintage Years: 05, 00, 98, 96, 95, 90, 89, 82) BORDEAUX is regarded as the greatest red wine-producing region in France/the world.  Some of the world’s best sweet white wine is also made in the region: SAUTERNES and BARSAC (in good years). Four primary sub-regions are: St. Emilion and Pomerol (both East/right bank of the river Gironde); Graves and Medoc (both West/left bank).  This last is home to the greatest communes. Grapes used are (in descending order): cabernet sauvignon; merlot; cabernet franc; petit verdot.  Weather during the June flowering is the most critical i.e. indicative of quality (cold rain/strong wind – bad). MEDOC Recipe is typically 70% cabernet sauvignon. MARGAUX Greatest name/reputation but an underperformer/trading on former glory: Ch. Margaux Ch. Palmer Ch. Rauzan-Segla PAULLIAC Consistent high-quality and price: Ch. Lafite-Rothschild Ch. Latour Ch. Mouton-Rothschild Ch. Duhart-Milon-Rothschild Ch. Clerc-Milon Ch. Mouton-Baronne-Philippe Ch. Pichon-Longueville Ch. Pichon-Longueville-Lalande Ch. Grand-Puy-Lacoste Ch. Lynch-Bages Ch. Haute-Bages-Liberal Ch. Les-Fortes-de-Latour ST. ESTEPHE High quality and price when good: Ch. Montrose Ch. Cos ST. JULIEN Consistently high quality and good value: Ch. Leoville-Las-Cases Ch. Leoville-Poy-Ferre Ch. Leoville-Barton Ch. Gruand-Larose Ch. Ducru-Baeucaillou Ch. Talbot ST. EMILION (98, 97, 96, 95, 90, 82) Recipe is typically 60% merlot.  Comprising a multitude of micro-chateaux of varying quality.  ‘Grand Cru’ meaningless in this area.  Therefore, look for one of the 68 ‘Grand Cru Classe’, or (the best) 13 ‘Premier Grand Cru Classe’. POMEROL Consistent high-quality and price: Ch. Petrus Ch. ...