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All For One, and Pomerol For All

by Chuck Hayward

While in Bordeaux, a few of my colleagues and I were fortunate enough to visit one of my favorite Pomerol estates, Chateau Clinet. Quintessential Pomerol, the grapes show a high proportion of merlot (85% in 2010 from super low yielding old vines) and are hand harvested and hand sorted.

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Closing It Down At Lascombes (Again!)

by Chuck Hayward

Every year that I’ve been to Bordeaux, the weather has been completely unpredictable and variable. Not this year though—seems we brought California with us! With warm, clear days, and cool,comfortable evenings, I couldn’t have asked for a better scene for our visit to Chateau Lascombes.

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A Date With Derenoncourt

by Chuck Hayward

It was just a year ago when I left my previous job to join the staff at JJ Buckley, and I knew from the outset that I would get a quick introduction to the world of Bordeaux. I knew the basics: the blends, the properties, the appellations. And I knew the names of the major and minor players. But, did I really?

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Dinner at Lascombes with Michel Rolland: Bordeaux Day 3

by Chuck Hayward

After completing our third full day of speeding recklessly down the medieval cobblestone streets of St. Emilion and chasing down every Right Bank chateau that would take us, we finally made our way up the D2 to the sprawling expanse of Bordeaux's Left Bank. Regal chateaux rise from the rocky-soil vineyards, dot the horizon and refuse to let us forget we are anywhere other than where we are.

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