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Vintage

Weather conditions

Left bank

Right bank

2012

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« Promising »

Weather conditions :

  • Slow start
  • Nice summer
  • Rain during harvest

Left bank :

  • Uneven vintage for cabernet sauvignon
  • Nice wines with supple fruit and great energy
  • Fine Pessac-Léognan both reds and whites

Right bank :

  • Beautiful, pure merlot
  • Pomerol is very strong
  • Many pretty wines from the “petits châteaux”

2011

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« Atypical »

Weather conditions :

  • Upside down vintage
  • Summer in spring
  • Spring in summer

Left bank :

  • Fresh and pure reds with bright acidity
  • White wines are racy and well-built

Right bank :

  • Perfumed and healthy merlot
  • Light-bodied, early drinking wines

2010

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« Powerful »

Weather conditions :

  • Cool spring
  • Long, dry and mild summer

Left bank :

  • Cabernet sauvignon is king
  • Tannic, powerful, structured reds
  • Ready for the long haul

Right bank :

  • Cabernet franc excelled
  • Intense merlot with great tension
  • Stellar wines with amazing energy

2009

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« Voluptuous »

Weather conditions :

  • Perfect growing season
  • Hot, dry summer with cool nights
  • Classic finish

Left bank :

  • Deep, concentrated reds with velvety texture
  • Awesome wines from the top estates
  • Sweet wines are sexy

Right bank :

  • Opulent merlot
  • Lush cabernet franc
  • Beautiful and friendly wines across the board

2008

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« Fresh »

Weather conditions :

  • Damp growing season
  • Dry and cool summer
  • Late harvest

Left bank :

  • Elegant and pure reds in Pauillac and St-Estèphe
  • Long and happy future ahead

Right bank :

  • Crisp acidity
  • Good quality merlot with nice freshness
  • Structured and dense wines

2007

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« Light »

Weather conditions :

  • Cold and wet summer
  • Sublime September

Left bank :

  • Lean and sometimes unbalanced reds
  • Great freshness and precision
  • Stylish white and pure sweet wines

Right bank :

  • Refined merlot on early maturing terroirs
  • Charming and elegant wines

2006

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« Solid »

Weather conditions :

  • Nice spring
  • Hot summer
  • Rain during harvest

Left bank :

  • Tannic, racy and slightly austere wines
  • Conservative stuff made for the cellar

Right bank :

  • Long, robust and full wines
  • Beautiful Pomerols with low acidity

2005

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« Complete »

Weather conditions :

  • Perfect weather all the way
  • Long, dry and beautiful summer

Left bank :

  • Outstanding reds with optimum ripeness
  • Powerful and complex wines
  • Great concentration in sweet wines

Right bank :

  • Opulent and structured reds
  • Wines with depth, structure and finesse
  • Long time cellaring required

2004

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« Elegant »

Weather conditions :

  • Cool, healthy growing season
  • Late, dry, classic vintage

Left bank :

  • Aromatic, fresh reds
  • Firm and delicate wines all across the board

Right bank :

  • Perfumed and elegant wines
  • Delicious fruit with round supple tannins

2003

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« Exotic »

Weather conditions :

  • Torrid summer
  • Dramatic heat wave in August
  • Dry and early vintage

Left bank :

  • Exotic and powerful reds with dry tannins
  • Great St-Estèphe
  • Pure and dense sweet wines

Right bank :

  • Unbalanced merlot except on clay terroirs
  • New world styled wines with jammy fruit

2002

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« Charming »

Weather conditions :

  • Dry, cool and overcast summer
  • Beautiful finish

Left bank :

  • Good cabernet sauvignon with firm tannins
  • Cool style claret

Right bank :

  • Uneven merlot and cabernet franc
  • Balanced, fruity wines but missing density

2001

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« Unknown »

Weather conditions :

  • Hot, wet summer
  • Cold September
  • Late vintage

Left bank :

  • Appetising reds with slight greenness
  • Pessac-Leognan did well
  • Stunning sweet wines

Right bank :

  • Merlot is king
  • Ripe and refined reds
  • Great vintage for Pomerol

2000

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« Mythical »

Weather conditions :

  • High temperature
  • Extra sunshine
  • Just enough rain

Left bank :

  • Sublime cabernet with great freshness and purity
  • Deep reds with firm, chewy tannins
  • Long time cellaring required

Right bank :

  • Rich, opulent merlot
  • Pure cabernet franc
  • Powerful and structured wines

1999

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« Tender »

Weather conditions :

  • Hot and humid summer
  • Big storms in September
  • Early harvest under the rain

Left bank :

  • Elegant reds with low acidity
  • Charming vintage

Right bank :

  • Mixed quality merlot and cabernet franc
  • Medium drinking supple wines

1998

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« Divisive »

Weather conditions :

  • Challenging growing season
  • Hot and dry summer
  • Rain end September

Left bank :

  • Good fruit with firm tannins
  • Margaux and Pessac-Leognan performed well

Right bank :

  • Healthy, ripe merlot
  • Intense, unctuous reds
  • Great vintage for St-Emilion

1996

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« Serious »

Weather conditions :

  • Early even flowering
  • Up and down summer
  • Cold, dry and sunny finish

Left bank :

  • Medoc is king
  • Old style claret packed with pure fruit
  • Quintessential red bordeaux

Right bank :

  • Elegant but slightly diluted reds
  • Classic stuff from great terroirs

1995

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« Robust »

Weather conditions :

  • Early growing season
  • Hot and dry August
  • Cool, wet September

Left bank :

  • Chunky, tannic reds with ripe and powerful fruit
  • Heavily extracted juice

Right bank :

1990

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« Torrid »

Weather conditions :

  • Beautiful spring
  • Tropical summer

Left bank :

  • Superb cabernet sauvignon
  • Concentration of ripe fruit and soft tannins
  • Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe on top

Right bank :

  • Low acidity reds with high alcoholic strengths
  • Powerful and voluptuous wines
  • Petrus is a modern legend

 

1989

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« Generous »

Weather conditions :

  • Hot and dry summer
  • Early harvest

Left bank :

  • Powerful, lush wines with low acidity
  • Tannins are big and well integrated
  • Haut-Brion is spectacular

Right bank :

  • Ripe and mellow tannins
  • Pure and aromatic
  • Ultra-balanced and very attractive

1982

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« Opulent »

Weather conditions :

  • Early spring
  • Tropical endless summer
  • Outsanding finish

Left bank :

  • Fine, supple and silky tannins
  • Wonderful maturity
  • High quality across the board

Right bank :

  • Sublime texture
  • Super-ripe fruit extract
  • Intense and opulent wines

1961

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« Legendary »

Weather conditions :

  • Spring frost
  • Perfect summer
  • Absence of rain

Left bank :

  • Deep in color with consistent texture
  • Great mature tannins
  • Liquor-like smoothness

Right bank :

  • Unctuous wines with big shoulders
  • Petrus is on top of its game

1947

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« Extreme »

Weather conditions :

  • Beautiful spring
  • Tropical heat in July and August
  • Providential finish

Left bank :

  • Massive wines with great intensity
  • High concentration
  • Attractive from day one

Right bank :

  • Decadent, spectacular stuff
  • Generosity and finesse
  • Port-like Cheval blanc is legendary

1945

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« Monumental »

Weather conditions :

  • Terrible frost early May
  • Dream summer
  • Small crop

Left bank :

  • Amazing rich fruit
  • Very solid backbone with brutal tannins
  • Mouton Rothschild is to die for

Right bank :

  • Imposing structure
  • Great finesse, strength and vigour
  • Unthinkable concentration