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Bordeaux (St. Estephe)

Chteau Andron Blanquet, CGBE ST. ESTPHE

Following a lacklustre period in the 1970's, Bernard Audoy has brought this attractive 15-hectare property into the limelight in St. Estèphe. Situated next to Château Cos d'Estournel, the estate was purchased by the Audoy family (who also own Château Cos Labory) in 1971. This is classic St. Estèphe - assertive and powerful, yet with an intriguing supple, fleshy fruitiness and a deep colour.

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Chteau Cos Labory, 5EME CRU CLASS, ST. ESTPHE

Since 1971, the Audoy family have also owned the 'rising star' of St. Estèphe, Château Cos Labory, a 12-hectare estate which is immediately opposite its renowned neighbour, Cos d'Estournel. We started buying wines from the Audoys back in the late 1970's but it was not really until 1986 that the château's true potential was realised when the family undertook to invest in a new 'cuverie' and introduced a stricter selection process for the 'first' (main) wine. In recent vintages, the wines have had great extraction and 'matière', representing some of the best value when it comes to cru classé drinking.

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Les Pagodes de Cos d'Estournel, ST ESTEPHE

(2nd wine of Ch Cos d'Estournel)

Born in 1762 during the reign of Louis XV and died in1853 under Napoleon III, at the remarkable age of 91, Louis Gaspard d'Estournel had one sole passion: Cos. Having inherited a few vines near the village of Cos, he recognized, in 1811, the quality of their wine and decided to vinify them separately. Very rapidly, Cos d'Estournel's wine exceeded the prices of the most prestigious wines and was exported as far as India. Louis became known as 'the Maharajah of Saint-Estèphe'. To celebrate his distant conquests, he had exotic pagodas erected over his cellar, organized spectacular festivities at Cos and presented the great people of this world with some precious bottles of Cos "Returned from India". In 1852, overwhelmed with debts he had accumulated in order to extend and beautify his estate, Louis was obliged to sell Cos to a London banker called MARTYNS. Permitted by MARTYNS to remain and live on the land he had so much loved, he died there in 1853, two years before the supreme consecration of his work: the imperial classification of 1855 placing Cos d'Estournel at the head of the Saint-Estèphes.

In more modern times, Cos sprang ahead of the pack in terms of quality in the late 70's. Their 1982 was to die for and this has become something of a trend, due, in the main, to the efforts of Bruno Prats who has invested enormously in the property.

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Chteau Meyney, CGB, ST. ESTPHE

This has always been one of our favourite Bordeaux properties with its distinctive firmness, deep-colour and concentration. Still owned by Domaines Cordier, the wine is made by the genius Georges Pauli who has always believed in maintaining the 'huge' weight associated with Meyney. The 51-hectare property is ideally situated on a gravely outcrop near to the Gironde. The 1996 saw 15 months in barrel (a third of which were new) and the blackberry fruit dominates a well-structured palate with plenty of finish and complexity. It is surprisingly open an ready to drink.

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Chteau les Ormes de Pez, CGB, ST. ESTPHE

Originally purchased by the Cazes family (owners of Lynch-Bages) in 1928, this 32 hectare property is now managed by Jean-Michel Cazes and the wine is made by his team from Lynch-Bages. Always very dark (almost opaque) in colour, it literally overflows with ripe blackcurrant and plum fruit and leans towards the very supple, although has the potential to keep well. The 1999 is amongst the best Crus Bourgeois of the vintage and is full of easy-going black cherry fruit, supple tannins and has copious quantities of cassis and spice on the nose. It finishes long and the wine has great balance.

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La Dame de Montrose, ST ESTEPHE

(2nd wine if Ch Montrose)

This is the second wine of Château Montrose and a worthy associate of the Grand Vin. The 2000 came from 39% of the production. It is intense and juicy with a rich overlaying blackcurrant fruitiness. Packed full of chocolatey Merlot character. Drink 2006 to 2013.

Château Montrose has, since the 1990 vintage, ranked alongside Cos d'Estournel as one of St. Estèphe's great wines. Owned by Jean-Louis Charmolüe this modest château commands a fine view over the river Gironde.

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Chteau Phlan Sgur, CRU BOURGEOIS EXCEPTIONEL ST ESTEPHE

The Phélan Ségur estate came into being at the beginning of the 19th century when the progressive Frank Phélan joined two properties, Clos de Garamey and Château Ségur, together. The Gardiner family took over the property in 1985 but they were soon to be hit by three unsaleable vintages. A pesticide used in the vineyard had contaminated and ruined the vintages of 1983,84 and 85. However, from 1986, Château Phelan Segur has produced top notch wines. In a vintage like 1998, this estate produced wines that are meaty and long lived. They have a ripe berry fruitiness with notes of cherry and toasty vanilla from spending fifteen months in oak, 30% of which is new. Supple tannins frame the picture.

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Chteau Lafon Rochet, 4EME CRU CLASS ST ESTEPHE

Château Lafon Rochet is ideally located between Chateau Lafite-Rothschild and Chateau Cos D`Estournel on a Quarternary gravel soil with a clay/limestone subsoil. Approximately 40 hectares of this 45 hectare estate are under vine, planted with 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The average age of vine is 30 years at a planting density of 9,000 vines per hectare. The grapes are harvested by hand and vinified for between 15 and 30 days in thermo-regulated vats after which they are transferred into barrel for 15 to 20 months, 40% new oak. The wine is fined and filtered before bottling (usually around 12,000 cases of Grand Vin).

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Chteau Montrose, 2EME CRU CLASS ST ESTEPHE

Since the 1989 vintage, Château Montrose has been a beacon of excellence in Bordeaux, producing some astoundingly good wines. The château, a delightful manor house, sits, with its cellars, on an extensive gravel slope overlooking the Gironde and has belonged to the Charmolüe family since 1896. The wines are monumental; dark and brooding with an aroma that is both spicy and very fruity (from 19 months in very high quality oak, a third of which is new). Unusually for St. Estèphe, Montrose also shows a great wealth of ripe tannins which means it requires at least ten years in the cellar before being approached.

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Chteau Cos d'Estournel, 2EME CRU CLASS ST ESTEPHE

Born in 1762 during the reign of Louis XV and died in1853 under Napoleon III, at the remarkable age of 91, Louis Gaspard d'Estournel had one sole passion: Cos. Having inherited a few vines near the village of Cos, he recognized, in 1811, the quality of their wine and decided to vinify them separately. Very rapidly, Cos d'Estournel's wine exceeded the prices of the most prestigious wines and was exported as far as India. Louis became known as 'the Maharajah of Saint-Estèphe'. To celebrate his distant conquests, he had exotic pagodas erected over his cellar, organized spectacular festivities at Cos and presented the great people of this world with some precious bottles of Cos "Returned from India". In 1852, overwhelmed with debts he had accumulated in order to extend and beautify his estate, Louis was obliged to sell Cos to a London banker called Martyns. Permitted by Martyns to remain and live on the land he had so much loved, he died there in 1853, two years before the supreme consecration of his work: the imperial classification of 1855 placing Cos d'Estournel at the head of the Saint-Estèphes.

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