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Bordeaux

Bordeaux is the world’s most famous fine-wine producing region. Even non-wine drinkers recognize the names of Bordeaux’s celebrated wines, such as Margaux and Lafite-Rothschild. Located near the Atlantic coast in southwest France, the region takes its name from the seaport city of Bordeaux, a wine trading center with an outstanding site on the Garonne River and easy access to the Atlantic. Like most French wine regions, Bordeaux’s first vineyards were planted by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago, then tended by medieval monks. Aristocrats and nobility later owned the region’s best estates and today estates are owned by everyone from non-French business conglomerates to families who have been proprietors for generations. Bordeaux has nearly 280,000 acres of vineyards, 57 appellations and 10,000 wine-producing châteaux. Bordeaux is bifurcated by the Gironde Estuary into so-called “right bank” and “left bank” appellations. Bordeaux’s red wines are blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. It also makes white wines of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. There are several classification systems in Bordeaux. All are attempts to rank the estates based on the historic quality of the wines.

1981 Château Mouton Rothschild

Light capsule condition issue; low shoulder fill; label condition issue

WS  91   
MB  ***   

1986 Château Mouton Rothschild

Light capsule condition issue; very top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

RP  100   
JS  100   
WS  99   
ST  95   
JR  18.5   
MB  **/***   

1986 Château Mouton Rothschild

Light capsule condition issue; light signs of past seepage; mid shoulder fill; light label condition issue

RP  100   
JS  100   
WS  99   
ST  95   
JR  18.5   
MB  **/***   

1986 Château Mouton Rothschild

Light capsule condition issue; lightly depressed cork; very top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

RP  100   
JS  100   
WS  99   
ST  95   
JR  18.5   
MB  **/***   

1986 Château Mouton Rothschild

Light capsule condition issue; very top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

RP  100   
JS  100   
WS  99   
ST  95   
JR  18.5   
MB  **/***   

1986 Château Mouton Rothschild

Very top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

RP  100   
JS  100   
WS  99   
ST  95   
JR  18.5   
MB  **/***   

1985 Château Lafite-Rothschild

Light capsule condition issue; lightly elevated cork; signs of past seepage; top shoulder fill

JS  96   
JG  96   
WA  93   
VN  93   
WS  90   
ST  90   
JR  18   

1987 Château Lafite-Rothschild

Light capsule condition issue; label condition issue

1989 Château Lafite-Rothschild

Light capsule condition issue; base neck fill

WS  94   
JR  18.5   
RP  90   
MB  ****/*   

1989 Château Lafite-Rothschild

Light capsule condition issue; heavy label condition issue

WS  94   
JR  18.5   
RP  90   
MB  ****/*   

1989 Château Lafite-Rothschild

Light capsule condition issue; lightly depressed cork; base neck fill; light label condition issue

WS  94   
JR  18.5   
RP  90   
MB  ****/*   

1989 Château Lafite-Rothschild

Light capsule condition issue; lightly depressed cork; base neck fill

WS  94   
JR  18.5   
RP  90   
MB  ****/*   

1989 Château Lafite-Rothschild

Light capsule condition issue; label condition issue

WS  94   
JR  18.5   
RP  90   
MB  ****/*   

1989 Château Lafite-Rothschild

Light capsule condition issue

WS  94   
JR  18.5   
RP  90   
MB  ****/*   

1983 Château Latour

Light label condition issue

JR  19   
WS  94   
MB  ****   

1983 Château Latour

Light capsule condition issue; base neck fill; light label condition issue

JR  19   
WS  94   
MB  ****   

1983 Château Latour

Light capsule condition issue; lightly elevated cork; base neck fill; light label condition issue

JR  19   
WS  94   
MB  ****   

1985 Château Latour

Light capsule condition issue; lightly elevated cork; signs of past seepage; base neck fill; light label condition issue

WS  93   
JR  18   

1989 Château Latour

Very top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

WS  94   
JR  17.5   
MB  ***   

1983 Château Margaux

Light capsule condition issue; top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

WS  98   
RP  96   
ST  95   
JR  18.5   
MB  */***   

1986 Château Margaux

Light capsule condition issue; lightly elevated cork; very top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

RP  98   
WS  93   
JR  17+    

1986 Château Margaux

Light capsule condition issue; base neck fill; label condition issue

RP  98   
WS  93   
JR  17+    

1987 Château Margaux

Light capsule condition issue; base neck fill; light label condition issue

1982 Château Haut-Brion

Light capsule condition issue; 4.5 cm ullage; light label condition issue

MB  *****   
ST  96   
RP  95   
WS  95   
JR  19   

1982 Château Haut-Brion

Light capsule condition issue; label condition issue

MB  *****   
ST  96   
RP  95   
WS  95   
JR  19