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THE BROAD VIEW

2016 looks like a great vintage for Bordeaux, but will politics affect prices?

The French elections, falling pound, and the triggering of Brexit could make it difficult to hawk wine outside of France.

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French President Francois Hollande at the 54th Salon de l'Agriculture in Paris in February. So far, local Bordeaux wine whisperers claim the quality of the 2016s is as exceptional, possibly even better, than the superb 2015s.

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Barrels of maturing wine at Chateau Cos d'Estournel in Bordeaux. The 2016 harvest is the largest in more than a decade, the equivalent of about 770 million bottles, according to official figures.

Bordeaux

THE big wine story next week will take place in Bordeaux, where flags are already flying over turreted stone chateaux to welcome several thousand enthusiastic merchants and journalists.

They're swooping in from around the globe for en primeur, the region's famous annual

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