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.
It is a truly unique opportunity to taste an ancient and historic vintage, such as this one! The 1940 grape harvest took place very soon after the German occupation of France began and as a result, production was severely reduced despite a good year for wines in Bordeaux. Enjoy this rare bottling, but take a moment to reflect on those who took great effort to make it.
Chateau Jean de Gue is the most recent acquisition of Les Vignobles Aubert with vines averaging 25 years old! This is a good value, easy going Bordeaux rouge with plenty of fruit aromas.
The majority of Merlot in Right Bank Claret adds to the supple style of the 2009 vintage which is noted for its generosity. The ripe red and black fruit is nicely balanced with, firm dusty tannins. A full-bodied red great with hard cheeses beef and lamb.
Despite low yields of the grape, the 1994 Cheval Blanc is a Cabernet Franc vintage, with the aromatic intensity of which permeating through the wine. Lacking the weight of the 95, this wine focuses on freshness and elegance. Now at its peak, this should be drunk over the next five years.
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.