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Barton & Guestier Margaux 1998

Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaux, Bordeaux, France
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    Winemaker Notes

    The Margaux appellation covers about 3,250 acres on five communes (Margaux, Soussans, Cantenac, Labarde and Arsac). It is situated about 15 miles north of Bordeaux. It is the southernmost of the village appellations in the Médoc. The soil is characterized by hillocks of fine garonne gravel. Margaux wines are generous, delicate and full of finesse. VINTAGE 1997 will be engraved on winegrowers' memories as an extremely early year, for the duration of the harvest and for the difficulty of deciding when to pick. With regular flowering at the end of May, it was two or three weeks early compared with a normal year. July and August were, however, not so perfect: a rather cold July delayed color change, a warm and relatively fine August, marred by a period of rain, led to a threat of mildew and botrytis which was controllable. The dry winds which ocurred at the end of the month and stayed for several weeks were extremely beneficial and stopped the rot. A magnificent hot and sunny September lasted until harvest, which took place under ideal conditions. The 1997 Margaux wines are fruity and attractive. WINEMAKING Barton & Guestier's winemaking strategy is to favor aromatic and tannic extraction in order to produce elegant, aromatic wines typical of the appellation. Harvesting at optimum maturity (possible thanks to the exceptional weather before and during harvest) and strict sorting of the grapes, have led to the making of wines which comply to our specifications. While alcoholic fermentation was carried out at high temperatures (86-90°F), daily pumping over a three week maceration period were still necessary. After the malolactic fermentation, the wines were aged for eight months in oak barrels before blending and bottling. WINEMAKER NOTES Deep purple color with violet hue. Aromas of black currant, cocoa and hints of vanilla. Long and full-bodied attack. Fine, elegant tannins. Deep flavors, and a pleasant vanilla finish.

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    The company's founder, Thomas Barton, left his native Ireland and emigrated to Bordeaux when he was just 30 years old. He was a true adventurer, looking to make his fortune, and founded a shipping company in 1725. The first barrels of wine were naturally exported to Ireland, which, along with Holland, was the biggest market for Bordeaux in the early 18th century. Very quickly, his efforts brought an unbelievable level of prosperity. He was the first shipper to have his own wine estates. By 1747, Thomas Barton was considered Bordeaux’s number one shipper. His loyal clients nicknamed him "French Tom".

    His family, his associates and his successors followed his example. In 1802, his grandson, Hugh Barton, teamed up with his friend Daniel Guestier, a French shipowner, to create Barton & Guestier. Both men's children and grandchildren went into the business, until the mid-20th century. Today, a dedicated team and over a hundred distributors continue to develop the Barton & Guestier brand worldwide. Barton & Guestier wines are widely recognized throughout the world as wines of excellent quality and tremendous value. The list of wines has also grown to include a broad range of classics from the greatest wine regions of France.

    GZT136015_1998 Item# 44204