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The Observer

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Bordeaux hyperbole machine surrounding the current vintage is in danger of blowing a gasket' says TIM ATKIN MW. Prices will therefore not be cheap and potential buyers should be wary: The 2005 vintage may go up in due course, but wait to see the opening prices before you commit your money.' He also refers to the recent Mayfair Cellars disaster and urges readers to make sure you buy from an established wine merchant with sound finances'. For those who would rather not wait 10 years or so to drink their wine, he recommends a few good, cheap clarets' which are ready to drink now. These include 2003 Chteau Fantin (6.99; Oddbins) and 2002 Le Haut-Mdoc de Giscours Grande Rserve (12.99, down to 7.99 until 21 May; Waitrose).