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Bordeaux (St. Emilion)

Château du Tabuteau, LUSSAC ST. EMILION

Situated about 2 kilometres to the north of the village of Lussac, the Bessou family use a classic St. Emilion blend, with the Merlot dominating and giving the wine a highly perfumed, chocolatey bouquet. The 20 hectares of vineyard produce a substantial and succulent wine with an ebullient fruitiness. The majority of the vines are over 35 years old, resulting in lower yields than usual for the commune, which adds a greater level of complexity and intensity to an already expertly made wine.

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Château Lassègue GRAND CRU ST. EMILION

Jean-Pierre Freylon is now being very ably assisted by his son, Erick, and they are continuing to produce some benchmark Grand Cru wines from their 23 hectares in the commune of St. Hippolyte. The vines, with an average age of 30 years, are planted in one single parcel surrounding the eighteenth century château and are grown on a wide variety of soils on south-facing hillsides in the most southerly corner of the appellation. The very impressive 2000 has a deep colour, exudes Merlot fruit on the nose and is deliciously round and full of generous ripe fruit in the mouth but with that tell-tale 2000 structure and balance. The 1999 is a much more forward style with unctuous and concentrated black berry fruitiness but with very soft tannins and lower acidity. It is a wonderful early drinking bottle. This is a property that has won many friends over.

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Château Fleur Cardinale GRAND CRU ST. EMILION

Dominique Decoster has recently bought this fine 10 hectare St. Etienne-de-Lisse Grand Cru property from the Asséo family. Decoster made a fortune in the porcelain industry and not only decided to buy Fleur Cardinale as an investment but also as a home to live in. His aim is to elevate the estate to Grand Cru Classé status and is currently investing considerable sums of money in building new cellars and further vineyard drainage. The Asséos had already transformed Fleur Cardinale into one of the most respected of all the Grand Crus and we have followed their wines for many years as we love the wines' harmonious and beautifully balanced style and their great finesse. This is a property that is going places and will be in the top echelon of the Right Bank in no time at all.

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Château la Dominique GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST. EMILION

La Dominique is situated between the border of Pomerol (to its north) and Cheval Blanc on the other side. Clément Fayat, the current owner, purchased the 22-hectare estate in 1969 in a horribly run-down condition and, since then, has been lavishing considerable money and time on its restoration. The soil at la Dominique has more to do with its Pomerol neighbours than St. Emilion and is particularly well-suited to the Merlot grape with sandy, clinker on a clay sub-soil. This is always a particularly voluptuous St. Emilion with a deep colour, a trade-mark blackberries and vanilla nose and a sweet, velvety ripeness on the palate.

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Château Fonplégade GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST. EMILION

Making its first appearance on our list with a very fine 2000 vintage, Fonplégade is owned by Armand Moueix and the management of this property has recently been taken over by his cousin, Christian Moueix of Petrus fame. Situated on the south-facing slopes of St. Emilion, Fonplégade is ideally situated as it lies in a protected amphi-theatre in the hillside where it is sheltered from the winds and receives maximum sunlight exposure. Until recently, the wine has always been reliable but the delicious 2000 shows how Christian Moueix's involvement has already had an impressive effect on the quality. It has a dense, deep colour, a pronounced black fruit and vanilla nose and a substantial ripe and rounded fruit in the mouth. The tannins are remarkably fine and the wine has excellent backbone and potential for development.

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Château la Gaffelière, 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ, ST. EMILION

Owned by Comte Léo de Malet-Roquefort, this 22-hectare estate is has been in his family for over 400 years, and the original château was built on the site of St. Emilion's leper colony - Gaffelière meaning this in French. The vines are planted on chalk-limestone soil and, in recent years there has been much work carried out in the vineyards by a dynamic young team headed up by Eric Degliame who is a great believer in minimal chemical intervention, relying on organic materials where ever possible. Michel Rolland is the consultant oenologist, working very closely with cellar master, Jean-Marie Galeri . 100 percent new oak is used but, despite this, Léo de Malet-Roquefort is totally opposed to the 'Parkerisation' of some of his neighbours' wines and is passionate about terroir and the maintenance of his vineyard's typicity. These are always very big, structured wines with loads of concentration and, since the mid 1990's, this delightful property has been making some of the most impressive 1er Grand Cru Classé wines in Group B.

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Château Lucas, LUSSAC ST EMILION

Owned by the Vauthier family since the late 16th century, Château Lucas is situated in the St. Emilion satellite of Lussac, approximately 45km north-east of Bordeaux. This special cuvée 'Grand de Lucas' is a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc. The grapes are hand picked and the wine is aged in oak barriques. The family also own Château Ausone - 1er Cru Classé 'A' St. Emilion.

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Château Barde-Haut, GRAND CRU ST. EMILION

The Château Barde-Haut, located in Saint-Emilion is a beautiful property of 17 hectares, situated next to Troplong-Mondot and la Mondotte, with vines averaging over 30 years old. Merlot is the predominant variety at 80% with Cabernet-Franc making up 20% of the blend. Michel Rolland is the consultant oenologist. This château was purchased in 2000 by Madame Sylviane Garcin-Cathiard. She also owns Clos l'Eglise in Pomerol and Château Haut-Bergey and Château Branon - both in Pessac-Léognan.

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Château Larcis-Ducasse, GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION

The vineyard is located in the south-east of the Saint Emilion commune: just 11 hectares of vine planted on clay-limestone "fossilifere" and ancient sands. The grape varietals comprise of 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon with an average vine age of 35 years. Vinification is performed in concrete vats and the wine is aged for around 18 months utilising a judicious 40% new oak. Just over 4,000 cases are produced per annum depending on the vintage.

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Clos Fourtet, 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION

Clos Fourtet is a marvellous ivy clad castel just outside the town of St Emilion and was in fact built to protect the town from invaders. It is not only beautiful but very practicle with the most extensive underground cellars in the area. Like so many châteaux, Clos Fourtet has been owned by several people over the years but reached a high point when it was bought by the Lurtons in the latter half of the last century. It was Pierre Lurton who was the one who established the property`s reputation as one of the finest on the St. Martin plateau but he moved onto bewinemaker at Cheval Blanc and was replaced by Daniel Alard. In January 2001, Clos Fourtet was bought by Paris businessman Phillipe Cuvelier. Clos Fourtet has consistently produced top level St. Emilion wines for many years. The vineyard covers 20 hectares planted with 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet-Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet-Franc. The wine is aged in traditional oak barells and is bottled with no filtration.

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Château Cap de Mourlin, GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION

The Capdemourlin family have been property owners in St. Emilion for 5 centuries. They are also owners of the famous St. Emilion Grand Cru Classé Balestard La Tonnelle. T he 14 hectares of vines are in an ideal location on the northern slope of Saint-Émilion. The soil is largely clay-limestone and sandy on a layer of hardpan. The cellar facilities include a new vat room and ageing cellar. State-of-the-art technology is used to ferment the wine, which is aged in barrel the traditional way before bottling.

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Bordeaux (St. Emilion) - Continued

Château Canon, 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION

Château Canon goes back to the early 18th century when vines were planted around the church of Saint-Martin to the west of the town of Saint Emilion. The 13 heactares of vines were enclosed within a clos or wall and came into the possesion of Jacques Kanon 1760. He bought further parcels land nearby, building a fine manor house in 1767. M. Kanon soon got a reputation for the fineness of his wines but being a naval man, he felt the calling of the sea and returned to the nauticval way of life, selling the property to the Fontémoing family. The Fontémoing family sold in 1853 and during the latter half of the 19th century, Canon was owned by several proprietors and gradually became one of the most esteemed properties in the area. In 1919 it came into the possession of lawyer and wine-broker André Fournier and in 1972 his grandson Eric Fournier took over (in addition to the Barsac property of Château Broustet). They remained owners until 1996 when it was acquired by the perfume company Chanel Inc. who also owned Château Rauzan-Segla in Margaux. Both properties are managed by the ex-manager of Château Latour, Englishman John Kolasa.

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Château Grand Mayne, GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION

Château Grand Mayne's vineyard is located to the west of Saint Emilion, at the foot of the plateau, in the centre of the commune. It has an exceptional altitude of 55 metres above sea level and is planted on the hillside and at the foot of the slope facing south-west. The soils are a mix of clay-limestone on the slopes with old sand over clay at the foot of the hill.The grape varieties planted are 76% Merlots, 13% Cabernets Franc and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, the vines having an average age of 30 years.The average yield from the vines is 35 hectolitres per hectare, entirely manual harvesting, with collection in 50 litre wooden tubs. The grapes are hand sorted in the vineyard and in the winery where ten people are employed just tio sort the grapes. It is not often that wineries pay such attention to detail.
Vinification has taken place in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats since 1973 but since 2000, some of the wine has fermented in temperature controlled wooden vats. After fermentation, the wine is transferred into new barrels, in a new, air-conditioned barrel cellar at 22°C where it is aged for 18 to 24 months in barrels (80% to 100% of new barrels depending on the grape varieties and on the vintage).

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Château l'Arrosée, GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION

Situated on the côtes of St. Emilion the estate was first listed in Le Féret in 1868 when it was owned by Pierre Magne, a minister in Napolean III's government.
The château is ideally placed to make superb wine and would surely have been rated 1er Grand Cru Classé if the classification were to take place today rather than in 1955 when it was declared a Grand Cru Classé as it did not vinify its own wines at that time. (In fact they started a year later under the ownership of François Rhodain).Francois Rhodain sold the property in 2002 to Roger and Jean-Philippe Caille who maintain L'Arrosée's unique style. Their wines combine fleshiness with firmness and power with fragrance.

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Château Pavie, 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ, ST. EMILION

This exceptional 1er Grand Cru Classé property was purchased by the Perse family in 1998 and, prior to that, had very much been under-performing. As with their other châteaux, Monbousquet and Pavie-Decesse, the Perses have invested enormous sums of money in a brand new state-of-the-art winery, new storage cellars and an extensive programme of vineyard refurbishment. Above all, Gérard Perse has instigated a massive reduction in yields which, although ensuring that the wine reaches dizzy heights in terms of price, has resulted in a wine of extreme opulence and concentration, clearly exhibiting the terroir of the 37-hectares of vineyards which are mostly situated on the south-facing slope of St. Emilion's limestone plateau. This is a wine that manages to achieve great finesse combined with definitive power.

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Château Messile Aubert, MONTAGNE ST EMILION

This château produces very fine Montagne St. Emilion equalling many more senior châteaux in St. Emilion itself. Owned by Jean-Claude Aubert who also owns the St. Emilion Grand Cru Classé Château La Couspaude. This Montagne St. Emilion benefits from excellent exposure on the Montagne-Saint-Gerorges hillsides. A 10 hectare estate planted on clayey limestone soils whose rich terroirs produce relatively soft and aromatic wines.

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Château Chauvin, GRAND CRU ST EMILION

A particularly interesting property neighbouring Cheval Blanc which, in the eyes of some critics, possibly made as fine a wine in 2003 as its illustrious neighbour.

Château Chauvin has been a Grand Cru Classé since 1954 and is situated on the border between St. Emilion and Pomerol, near Cheval Blanc. The property is small - only 15 hectares - and is owned by Marie-France and Béatrice Ondet, great granddaughters of Victor Ondet who bought the property in 1891. Michel Rolland oversees the wine production. They produce supple, elegant wines with great finesse. Stylistically almost a St. Emilion/Pomerol cross.

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Château Grand-Pontet, GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION

In 1980 Grand-Pontet was bought by the Pourquet Bécot family. The vineyards cover 14 hectares and border the 1er Cru Classé vineyards of Beau Séjour-Bécot and Clos Fourtet. Grand-Pontet produces voluptuous wines with a fullness of ripe, black-cherry fruit. Merlot makes up 75% of the blend.

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Château Beau-Séjour-Bécot, 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ B

Lying to the west of St. Emilion Beau-Séjour-B?0cots soil is of limestone overlaid by clay. The last part of its name, Bécot, was added in 1979 after its owner, Michel Bécot who had bought the property in 1969. The estate was in fact declaissfied in 1986 from 1er Grand Cru Classé B to Grand Cru Classé. This motivated M. Bécots sons, who had by now taken over production, to cancel out what they perceived to be an injustice. in1996 they were rewarded and Beau-Séjour-Bécot was restored to 1er Grand Cru Classé B status.

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Château Pavie Decesse, GRAND CRU CLASSÉ

Château Pavie Decesse is now making wines that are easily on a par with it's big brother, Château Pavie. Both châteaux were for many years owned by the Valet family who eventually sold both properties to Gérard Perse in 1997. He already owned Château Monbousquet at the time.

Pavie Decesse is in the heart of the 'Côtes' sub-district of St. Emilion and is planted with pretty old vines (average age about 45 years), 90% of which are Merlot with the remainder being Cabernet Franc. The wine spends up to eighteen months in new oak.

The resulting wines are fantastically structured with deeply concentrated fruit and firm, supporting tannins.

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Château Canon-La-Gaffelière, GRAND CRU CLASSÉ

The von Neipperg counts, descendants of Franconian nobility, first planted vines on their estates in the 13th century. Over the years, this family has given the world many great soldiers as well as illustrious diplomats. Winegrowing has also long been a part of the family heritage. Today, after eight centuries of winegrowing tradition, Count Stephan von Neipperg manages the family holdings consisting of four estates in Saint-Emilion, including Château Canon-La-Gaffelière, a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé.

The ancient vineyard of Château Canon-La-Gaffelière covers 20 hectares on the southern slopes of the hills overlooking the medieval town of Saint-Emilion. The clay-limestone and sandy soil has a complex structure and is ideal for producing quality wines. Stephan von Neipperg approaches winegrowing from a highly ecological point of view. Maintaining the vineyard's natural equilibrium contributes to making a pure, unique wine that expresses the individuality of its terroir (soil and microclimate). Only organic fertilisers with a very low nitrogen content are used. They are absorbed into the soil very slowly and do not alter its character.

Vineyard operations such as de-budding, suckering, and thinning the vines ensure optimal, balanced growth and regulate yields naturally. The vines are protected by carefully-applied "homeopathic treatments" that do not endanger wildlife. Vineyard management takes into account all the special characteristics of each plot. This level of care extends into the cellar where the vat system makes it possible to make wines separately, and then combine them into the best possible homogeneous blend. The various stages of winemaking are unhurried. Any excessive changes in temperature are avoided, so that the grapes can express their full potential. This care continues into the ageing process, during which the wine is kept on its lees in oak barrels. The goal is to enhance the intrinsic qualities of the wine without changing them. Human intervention is kept to a minimum. Fining and filtering are light, and only done at all if required by the vintage. Barrel ageing (50% to 70% new barrels every year) lasts from 13 to 22 months depending on the year.

This natural equilibrium, based on quality grapes, produces very special wines of a consistently high standard. Château Canon-La-Gaffelière is remarkably well-structured and very elegant, with a long aftertaste. It exemplifies the care and quest for perfection that go into the winemaking process. The skill of a tight-knit team led by Stephan von Neipperg is responsible for making a wine that lives up to the potential of Chateau Canon-La-Gaffelière's excellent soil. The vineyard and cellar are run by a staff of fifteen. Winemaking is overseen by Cécile Gardaix, the estate's irreplaceable executive secretary, Paul Pétrou, a dedicated winemaker who realises the importance of vineyard management, and Stéphane Derenoncourt, the talented cellarmaster, who is also a specialist in bio-dynamic wine production. Château Canon-La-Gaffelière produces some 90,000 bottles of wine year, of which approximately 85% are exported.

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