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 1998 was born as a rather harsh wine which needed a few years to settle down. Today its drinking well with smooth tannins, and the sweetness is well balanced with plenty of fresh acidity! Drink now, or hold for a few more years.
The commune of Margaux takes its name from its finest vineyard, Chateau Margaux. Close to the Gironde as are many of the finest vineyards in the Medoc, Paul Pontallier and his team are masters of finesse.
Chateau Margaux 1998 is drinking really nicely at the moment! Medium bodied and rich, complex aromas are abundant in a glass. This will drink well over the next few years!
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…
The 2000 vintage of Chateau Haut-Brion could possibly be the wine of the vintage in Pessac-Leognan! After a chilly start, the growing season turned itself around, with a super hot and dry summer which lingered while the grapes were harvested at perfect ripeness! Drink now... or dont! It can wait!
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. 1998 was a difficult growing year, affected greatly by rainfall. A warm and dry September, followed by skillful selection managed to sa…