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Bordeaux (Red)

The great city of Bordeaux, with its extraordinary combination of narrow medieval streets and wide 18th and 19th century boulevards, gives its name to one of the greatest wine producing regions of the world. It is the historical capital of Aquitaine - whose most famous daughter, Eleanor, married firstly King Louis VII of France and secondly (following an annullment) King Henry II of England. Thus control of Aquitaine passed to the English Crown, where it remained until the end of the 100 Years War in 1453.

But while the formal ties between England and Aquitaine came to an end, the trade links established at the time have remained strong ever since. Much of the wine produced in the region, and further afield in South West France, was exported from Bordeaux to the great English ports of London, Southampton, Bristol and Liverpool. Many English and Irish families settled in the region - most famously the Talbots, Bartons, Lynches and Johnstones - names which still resonate, illustrating the enduring power of the links established through the wine trade over many centuries.

Today the great red wines of Bordeaux, known to the English speaking world as Claret, are among the most famous and sought after in the world. But though the stage may be dominated by the left bank properties classified in 1855, and the great châteaux of the right bank appellations of St Emilion and Pomerol, there are also a great many unsung heros producing wines of real class and style across the region and its satellites. 

Château Bourgneuf Vayron

A 9 hectare vineyard on the west side of Château Trotanoy, owned by the Vayron family and taken care of by Christian Moueix and his team - so there is a hint of reflected glory here from Pétrus!

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2010 Château Bourgneuf Vayron, Pomerol
 12 Bottles
A lovely toasty-smokey character overlays the fruit scents. Well balanced on the palate, with very pronounced, succulent fruit. Fine tannins and a long, complex finish. A very fine Pomerol. 
2011 Château Bourgneuf Vayron, Pomerol
 12 Bottles
Very fine, classic Pomerol aromas. Big and complex on the palate, with powerful extraction and very long, complex fruit flavours. Good wine. 
2012 Château Bourgneuf Vayron, Pomerol
 12 Bottles
"This is a positive and forceful effort from Bourgneuf, which tends to produce tannic and rustic wines. The 2012 is neither astringent, earthy nor too rustic. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by notes of black currants, black cherries, cola, forest floor and coffee beans. Fresh and medium to full-bodied with excellent concentration and a nicely textured, clean finish, it can be enjoyed over the next 10-15 years. 87-89" Robert Parker 

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