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.
Its amazing to visit this vineyard located as it is in a surprisingly urban location inside the south west city perimeter. The oldest of the first growths, the vineyard is made up of roughly equal percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with about ten percent Cabernet Franc, oh and one percent Petit Verdot. The wines are often restrained and aristocratic in their youth ope…
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!
This is the second wine of Chateau Cheval Blanc who saw fantastic grape quality in 98, particularly for Merlot. This blend is 79% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Dont wait to open this!
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…