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 second wine of Chateau Lafite is made from the the vines of the plateau called Carruades, a group of plots ajacent to Lafites best vineyards, bought by the family in 1845. The higher Merlot content brings the wines to maturity much earlier than the first wine.
A mild start to the year, a very wet, hot spring, followed by a dry, scorching summer: such were the weather features of this year, which has become legendary both through its date and the quality of wine produced. September was hot and dry, following suit, and allowed harvesting to take place in the best possible conditions. This wine is now very much ready to drink, though it seems there is more to prove in a few more years.
Chateau Latour is on the St Julien/Pauillac border and adjacent to Chateau Leoville Lascases. The generosity and heavenly balance of St Julien is combined with power and strength here to create what is for some, the finest vineyard in Bordeaux. 2000 was described as an exceptional year by the winemakes at Chateau Latour; the warm and dry summer allowing the grapes to ripen grad…