The Bordeaux blend has been copied with considerable success in many other wine regions, the ultimate compliment. The Left Bank of the Gironde River boasts the great Chateaux of the Medoc and Graves, whilst on the Right Bank, Saint Emilion (arguably the most beautiful commune) and Pomerol. Bordeaux is synonymous with the finest quality, predominantly in red wines though great dry whites are made in the Pessac Leognan, and most wine lovers will strive to taste the sweet white wines of Chateau Yquem and its neighbouring Chateau in Sauternes and Barsac.
The 2000 vintage was the first vintage to offer consistent quality accross both the left and right bank in a decade, with many smaller Bordeaux satellite appellations producing some of their best ever wines also. The Leoville Barton 2000 is a top wine one with an abundance of character. It is drinking now and will only develop further in years to come.