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by Frank Ward

Archive for November, 2006

The 2005 Vintage on the Right Bank Part 2

Posted by Frank Ward on November 18, 2006

We’re poised to step onto Pomerol terroir but first let’s take a closer look at the grape mix for the whole of the right bank, with special reference to Pomerol itself. There are many quirks and paradoxes, even though only three varieties are really in the picture.

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The 2005 Vintage on the Right Bank 1 – Continued

Posted by Frank Ward on November 17, 2006

Canon has long enjoyed the status of Premier Grand Cru Classé, placing it among the elite of Saint Emilion. None the less, its performance has been patchy, despite its great potential. Former owner Eric Fournier was an immensely likeable man who clearly strove to make the best possible wine. But it appears that resources were lacking.

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The 2005 Vintage on the Right Bank Part 1

Posted by Frank Ward on November 16, 2006

A while ago I dropped in on the right bank of Bordeaux (Pomerol, Saint Emilion) to get some idea of the 2005 vintage, reputed to be one of the greatest of all time. As well as tasting some magnificent ’05s there was also a vertical of Château Canon, a look at three top vintages of the Premiers Grands Crus Classés of Saint Emilion, and an overview of some splendid Pomerols from the house of Moueix.

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