The wines offered aren't this old...but you get the point.

A Selection of Properly Matured Bordeaux

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Among many younger wine drinkers, Bordeaux seems hopelessly out of date and even easier to neglect. Sharply rising prices for classed growths over the past 20 years have driven potential drinkers away. Burgundy, Champagne, Loire Valley, and Jura wines have achieved prominence among hipsters, sommeliers, and other wine professionals; Bordeaux has become a region seemingly relegated to distant memory, fustily recalled over languourous, three-hour lunches by older wine drinkers and stodgy wine writers.

Nevertheless, I became very fond of Bordeaux early in my wine career. A previous colleague was quite passionate about the wines; he introduced me to both recent and aged vintages of less expensive Fourth and Fifth Growths like Brainaire-Ducru (Saint-Julien) and Chateau d'Armailhac (Pauillac). Since then, I've continued to explore Bordeaux over the years and have thoroughly enjoyed bottles from "lesser" vintages (Both 1975 Chateau Nenin Pomerol and 1981 Chateau Gloria Saint-Julien are quite good despite what vintage charts might tell you). A recent side-by-side tasting of Left Bank producers from their 1985 and 1986 vintages (including Haut-Medoc's La Lagune and Sociando-Mallet offered in today's e-mail) further reinforced my appreciation of Bordeaux's classicism and durability.

There's a balance, harmony, and ineffableness to aged claret. The wines certainly aren't going to whomp you over the head, but the scintillating combination of bouquet, minerality, and earthiness will back up the supposition that Bordeaux is woefully underappreciated, especially at the prices we're offering these wines today  Jonas Mendoza

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Sociando Mallet 1986 Haut-Medoc

Damp-stained labels.

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