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2013 Bordeaux: That's Why They Call Them The First Growths

by Chuck Hayward

The first growths are designated so because they are considered to have the best terroirs in the Haut-Medoc. But what happens in the more difficult years? Do the supposedly superior terroirs actually allow the first growths to produce wines better than their neighbors?

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No One-Trick Pony: Recapturing Rusticity at Pontet-Canet

by Chuck Hayward

The cool breeze of a spring day in Bordeaux carries with it wisps of dust, which settle between the forty-year-old vines that line the gravelly vineyard of Pontet-Canet. The hoofs of horses drawing plows kicked up the dust, as they are charged with turning the earth on this stately property. The “old ways” of producing classic Bordeaux are new again in a vineyard accustomed to producing world class wine of power and elegance in a manner that preserves its piece of earth with great care.

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At Pontet-Canet, Everyone Feels Like The Big Cheese

by Chuck Hayward

Maison Joanne is one of leading Bordeaux negociants and a tasting there is a marathon of immense proportions. Donning Joanne's signature bibs (to avoid staining our shirts), we sit down and rapidly evaluate some 200 to 300 barrel samples, ranging from simple Bordeaux Superieurs to grand cru classés.

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