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Ch. Carbonnieux, one of the Graves estates classified in 1959

Your Guide to Bordeaux’s Classifications: Graves, Cru Bourgeois and Cru Artisan

While the 1855 classification is the most famous and influential classification on the Left Bank, there are several other classifications in operation today. Here’s everything you need to know about Bordeaux’s Graves classification, the Crus Bourgeois and Crus Artisans Bordeaux has several different classification systems. While the Right Bank has only Saint-Emilion’s system (one that…

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About the Producer: Château Lafite Rothschild

“A true first-growth chateau embodying elegance, nobility, and beautiful concentrated fruit, Lafite is clearly living up to its immortal reputation.” – Robert Parker Château Lafite Rothschild is one of the most famous wine estates in Bordeaux and the world. One of the Left Bank’s five First Growths, the Pauillac property is renowned for producing wines of…

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About the Producer: Château Margaux

“This estate has produced only exceptional wines over the last three decades.” -Robert Parker Château Margaux is one of Bordeaux’s most historic and famous estates. The only classified First Growth in Margaux, it epitomizes the appellation’s elegance, while producing wines with fantastic aging potential. Margaux’s roots date back eight centuries. The Margaux site was originally…

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Wildfires have become a yearly occurrence for Napa and Sonoma – but what is their impact, and how can producers handle the effects? Sophie Thorpe spoke to some of Northern California’s leading producers to investigate the issue

The Way the Wind Blows

Driving through Napa and Sonoma, the land still bears the scars of 2020. The wildfires that raged through the region have left a long-lasting mark, whether it’s lengthy reconstruction efforts or the stark, charred tree trunks that cover the mountains. But it’s more than that. To an outsider, the fires feel intangible, terrifying yet somehow…

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