Bordeaux 2011: the year of the terroir

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Undeniably the weather plays a major role in deciding the quality of a vintage but what an examination of climatic factors won't tell you is how a wine may taste. It won't explain why one domain in a particular appellation mastered a difficult vintage whilst another produced coarse, dry wines. It won't provide an answer to why the driest year for fifty years badly affected one variety, whilst down the road a vineyard sustained better fruit.

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