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The Great Gironde: The Best of the 1855s

In 1855, French Emperor Napoleon III requested a classification system for the best wines of Bordeaux, which were to be on display at the Exposition Universelle de Paris to visitors from around the world. Brokers from the wine industry ranked the wines according to a château’s reputation and trading price, which, at the time, was related to its quality. Wines were ranked in importance from first- to fifth-growths. The wines largely came from the Médoc region, with the notable exception of Château Haut-Brion, a first-growth from Graves. The communes of St. Estèphe, Pauillac, St. Julien, and Margaux were heavily represented in these rankings, although only Pauillac and Margaux were given the honor of first-growth châteaux. These communes, known for their more masculine, Cabernet Sauvignon-heavy wines, appear on the left bank of the Gironde River; the communes on the right bank, such as Pomerol and St. Émilion, which produce such well known wines as Château Petrus and Château Cheval Blanc, were omitted from the classification completely. Today, these “growths” still exist, and continue to denote quality and prestige in the wines of Bordeaux. Each commune has its own individual characteristics-Margaux, for instance, is known for its softness, for instance, while Pauillac is known for its powerful, strong wines-that separate them from the Médoc at large. Here are some of our finest picks for your collection, from the left bank classified Crus to the overlooked right bank gems, to the top tier Haut-Médocs that your cellar has been lacking. If you’re shopping for someone else, the spirit of giving is right at home on the banks of the Gironde. Better yet, if you’re shopping for your father-in-law or the boss who seems to have everything, look no further for a rare collectible to add to their line-up. These are gems that add depth and value to any collection, whether it’s yours or somebody else’s. In short: You can’t go wrong with a classified growth.

 
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Ch. Hourtin-Ducasse, Haut-Médoc - 2009

Red | France, Bordeaux, Médoc | (750 )mL
Château Hourtin-Ducasse is a small, family-owned property located in St. Sauvers. They focus on making two wines. They slant toward the traditional, but also aim to make wines that age marvelously. This bottling is lush, boasts of the brilliant vintage, and will hold for years to come.

Item #29655
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Ch. Haut-Segottes, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru - 2009

Red | France, Bordeaux, St.-Émilion | (750 )mL
One of the appellation's hidden gems, this dusty, expressive wine gives tones of smoked cherries, cigar, peppercorn, and an earthy texture. Best with rustic fare, like white bean ragôut with pork or beef.

Item #23236
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Ch. Potensac, Medoc - 2011

Red | France, Bordeaux, Medoc | (750 )mL
Located in the Médoc appellation of Bordeaux, Ch. Potensac is proof again of the defunct nature of the 1855 classification. This vintage is lively and fresh with an excellent balance of dry tannin and fresh fruit.

Item #28579
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Ch. Phélan-Ségur, St.Estèphe - 2011

Red | France, Bordeaux, Medoc | (750 )mL
Light and fresh on the nose, and heavier and darker on the palate. Dense firm but there is fruits under somewhere which hopefully comes alive as it age.

Item #28580
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Ch. Lagrange, St.-Julien - 1996

Red | France, Bordeaux, Médoc | (750 )mL
A Third Growth property in St.-Julien that's aged in barrels for 12 months before bottling. A powerful wine with smoky, spicy earth notes. Roasted berries and mocha dominates the mid-palate while suggestions of toffee and blackcurrant suggest this wine's excellent potential.

Item #14376
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Ch. Cheval Blanc, St.-Émilion - 2002

Red | France, Bordeaux, St.-Émilion | (750 )mL
An elegant, well-styled and well-bred wine, this is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and is perhaps the most famous wine in the world.

Item #91002
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Ch. Haut-Batailley, Pauillac - 2011

Red | France, Bordeaux, Médoc | (750 )mL
A spiced red wine that was aged in 60% new oak and giving this Pauillac an extra dose of body. Deep and crimson in color. Very fresh and lively will definitely age beautifully with time.

Item #28575
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Ch. Gombaude Guillot, Pomerol - 2008

Red | France, Bordeaux, Pomerol | (750 )mL
An estate that's been in the hands of the same family for four generations. Winemaker Claire Laval is intent on preserving the terroir of her estate through meticulous care in the vineyard and winery. There's an excellent balance of fruit here, with a touch of woody tannins and a silken finish.

Item #14678
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Ch. Beau-Séjour-Bécot, St.-Émilion - 2005

Red | France, Bordeaux, St.-Émilion | (750 )mL
This maturing beauty still pushes though a lot of personality. Complex herbs, smoke, and currants merge onto a palate of mellowed tannins. Spiced and cedar box aromas complete the package. Decant and try with roasted lamb, braises, and herb-crusted steak.

Item #35030
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Ch. Gombaude Guillot, Pomerol - 2000

Red | France, Bordeaux, Pomerol | (1.5 )L
An attractive blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc that deftly blends firm fruit and cedary undertones. A classic for the vintage and for Pomerol, in general, from this cooler year, Gombaude Guillot will please Bordeaux fans who long for wines with the restraint of yesterday.

Item #31320
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