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10 Bordeaux Wines Your Collection Needs

by JJ Buckley Fine Wines

If you've recently started collecting wine, you'll want to know the best wines to acquire. As it turns out, Bordeaux wines should be right at the top of your list. These wines blend premium grape varieties - primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot for red Bordeaux, and Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle and Semillon for white Bordeaux. Combined with the estate's pride of production, regional differences help create the bold complexity for which Bordeaux wine is known.

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First Growths First: Harbingers of the Vintage

by Chuck Hayward

Let the madness begin! Save for the elite critics who arrived in Bordeaux one or two weeks ahead, en primeur week officially opened on Monday. We arrive early enough to get acclimated and rested up, as that first day offers an important opportunity get a sense of the vintage before later diving into the really big tastings hosted by negociants and the Union des Grand Crus (UGC).

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Bottomless Pours at Chateau Margaux

by Chuck Hayward

Here in Bordeaux, two words inspire more reverence than any others: First Growth. Thanks to the 1855 classification system, there are only five First Growths (Lafite, Latour, Haut Brion, and Margaux, with Mouton added to the group in 1973), and they are widely considered to produce the finest wines from the Left Bank.

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First Impressions of the Big Five

by Chuck Hayward

They are called the Premier Grand Crus, the First Growths— a Bordeaux Best of the Best, designated as such by the famed Classification of 1855 (with a certain exception made in 1973). These five revered wineries— Lafite, Latour, Margaux, Haut-Brion and Mouton-Rothschild— produce some of the most sought after and coveted wines by enthusiasts and collectors from across the globe. And I was about to taste them all!

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