The northern Graves, Pessac-Léognan, often falls between the two stools of the Libournais, with its early ripening Merlot, and the Médoc, with its late-ripening Cabernet. Sometimes there is a hint of greenness to the reds due to the higher proportion of Cabernet Franc than in the Médoc, which ripens less well on the cooler soils of the Left Bank. 2009 brought ripeness for both the Cabernets, which kept their elegance to blend well with the more earthy Merlots, producing wines with vigour and freshness. Steven Spurrier

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