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In March, I spent a week in Bordeaux tasting barrel samples of the region's latest vintage, 2004. Most winemakers kept a brave face, but only a few truly have reason to smile. They know that vintage quality is inconsistent and that the wines will be very difficult to sell—especially following the spectacular 2003 vintage.
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