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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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Pavillon Rouge du Ch. Margaux, Margaux - 2000

Red | France, Bordeaux, Médoc | (750 )mL
The millennium vintage is living up to the hype. Ch. Margaux's dark, glossy hued super-second still shows youthful fruit on the nose, with sweet toffee and toasted oak. Loads of brawny tannins on the finish round-off a serious flavor experience. An impressive wine. Perfect for the cellar, as well!

Item #24873
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Ch. Cos d'Estournel, St. Estèphe - 2006

Red | France, Bordeaux, Médoc | (750 )mL
Very young and very firm with typically hard tannins and driving acidity that is amply balanced by very fresh and bright black currant fruit. Lots of toasty nuances and a bit of pencil lead and cigar ash add some supporting notes.

Item #18367
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Ch. Léoville-las-Cases, St.-Julien - 2005

Red | France, Bordeaux, Médoc | (750 )mL
Chateau Leoville-Las Cases is one of the largest and oldest classified growths in the Medoc. Intense aromas of cassis and dark cherry lead to a rich body and firm tannins. A bold, concentrated and classically built offering that’s masculine, complex and will age beautifully.

Item #17929
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Ch. Margaux, Margaux - 2007

Red | France, Bordeaux, Médoc | (750 )mL
2007 was a stressful vintage for the winegrowers of Château Margaux, but all worked out in the end. Tender, delicate in style replete with small black fruit and purple flowers. The firm structure stands up well to the soft-edged baking spice and cedar from18 months in oak. Cellar, Cellar, Cellar!

Item #20481
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La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan - 2005

Red | France, Bordeaux, Graves | (750 )mL
La Mission is located in the northern most part of Graves where the soil is chalky, gravely, and perfect for planting both Cabernet and Merlot. The wines are possessed of remarkable ability to age also pronounced burliness in their youth, especially in such a stunning vintage.

Item #20956
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Ch. Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan - 2008

Red | France, Bordeaux, Graves | (750 )mL
This Bordeaux is full of currants, mixed dark berries, and flowers. It's a full-bodied wine with delicious tannins that have aging potential. This is based mostly on Merlot with some Cabernet Franc to finish. This is delightful in its youth but can be enjoyed several years down the road as well.

Item #18310
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Ch. Lynch-Bages, Pauillac - 1989

Red | France, Bordeaux, Médoc | (1.5 )L
A Fifth Growth that continues to provoke the reaction you get around First and Seconds. A powerful wine from an excellent vintage in magnum.

Item #30852
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Ch. Latour, Pauillac - 2009

Red | France, Bordeaux, Médoc | (750 )mL
One of the world's greatest wines, Latour needs cellar time to reveal its depth and complexity. Quality is consistent and in this vintage produced a gem packed with black fruit, nuts, spices, and minerals.

Item #30714
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    $1999.97




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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. Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac - 1995

Red | France, Bordeaux, Médoc | (750 )mL
A more accessible vintage from the outset, this is showing quite well now, with complex sanguine notes of tobacco leaf and crushed, dried flowers. Delicate, fine tannins smooth effortlessly over the palate, and the ever-shifting aromas in the glass are a delight.

Item #12737
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