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November Wines

Written by Giles MacDonogh

November Wines

Posted: 6th December 2022

The autumn tastings have ground to a halt. The wine trade looks to fill its coffers in the countdown to Christmas. Undoubtedly the brightest star in the firmament this November was the Union de Grand Crus, which includes many of the most famous names in Bordeaux. It was a chance to evaluate 2020, which was clearly a stellar vintage, although some growers are pointing at their 2018 as well. There were a lot of wines, and not just cru classes. I had a painful knee, so I concentrated on the classed growths. These wines were my favourites:

Graves: Bouscaut, Haut-Bailly and Carbonnieux. Top was Domaine de Chevalier: smoky, rich, concentrated but supple. The excellent Smith-Haut-Laffitte I had tasted elsewhere.

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