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Back to the roots with vintage Bordeaux

From La Mission (2001) to Lafite Rothschild (2003), the Firsts reveal greater taste profiles with the passage of time, writes NK YONG

Published Thu, May 15, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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CONTINUING my return to my roots, that is, back to Bordeaux, I had little doubt that I would find a great deal of pleasure in one's roots. What I did not quite expect was how delightful it would be.

I began with what I deemed would be drinking well now, wines such as l'Eglise Clinet 1996, Vieux Chateau Certan 2007, Lynch Bages 2004, Ducru Beaucaillou 2001, and to my delight, and that of my friends, they all not only did not disappoint but were lovely drinks.

They were not magical, they were simply delightful. They were not from 5-star vintages, just from reasonable ones and they all punched above their weight.

That was encouraging. It was time to look at the Firsts. Started tentatively with La Mission Haut Brion 2001, already…

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