Simply put, Bordeaux escaped in 2008. The uninspiring growing season didn't get rolling until the very end, when the vintage was saved by an Indian summer in the latter half of September. The result is an inconsistent batch of wines. But because the economic free fall forced most prices lower, there are attractive values at many quality levels. France's largest and most visible wine region clearly struggled in 2008. Wine Spectator's senior editor James Molesworth reports.
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