Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac always perform in the type of warm, dry conditions seen in 2009. It suits the clay-limestone soils and majority Merlot. They even escaped the May hailstorm that hit other Right Bank communes. Rain fell in mid-September but there was no rush to harvest, no dilution and a steady breeze that followed helped concentrate the grapes. The Fronsac brand is still a hard sell (the bulk– en vrac - price is the same as generic Bordeaux and half that of a Saint-Emilion satellite) but be assured, some of the best quality/value wines to be found in Bordeaux are and have been produced here, particularly by leading growers (the majority of which are listed below). James Lawther MW

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