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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.

1945 Château Lafite-Rothschild

Light capsule condition issue; very top shoulder fill; label condition issue; recorking done by the Chateau Cellar Master in 1986

MB  *****   
WS  90   

1916 Château La Mission Haut Brion

Capsule condition issue; lightly depressed cork; heavy label condition issue; previously refurbished

1949 Château La Mission Haut Brion

375ml

Capsule condition issue; lightly depressed cork; mid shoulder fill; light label condition issue

WS  95   
RP  91   

1949 Château Doisy Daene

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

1949 Château Doisy Daene

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