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Masters of Merlot

Masseto and Pétrus face off in Florence
James Suckling
Issue: October 31, 2004

The air was thick with anticipation. In the lofty dining room of Florence's Enoteca Pinchiorri restaurant, a Wine Spectator Grand Award holder and a Michelin three-star, a few Italian journalists and I were about to taste matching vintages of Tuscany's Masseto and Bordeaux's Château Pétrus, two of the world's most exciting—and most expensive—Merlots.

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