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Well here is something I wasn't expecting to see for a long, long time - a top Bordeaux wine under screw-cap! OK, so it is the second wine of the Château (Château Pichon-Longueville), but a forward thinking step at least.

Despite your personal opinion of screw-caps - there has been a some backlash recently - the fact that an influential producer in the heartland of wine-making tradition is taking this step is very interesting.

The screw-capped wines though, in the UK at least, are for the on-trade only - that's restaurants and bars - while the off-trade (shops and private customers of Bibendum) will receive cork sealed wines.

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Good news indeed!

I have always thought that the French would convert to screwcaps far easier than say the Italians or the Spanish. If for no other reason than the fact that Stelvin is a French creation.

I've come across many screw cap wines in the shops here in the UK, and not just the "el cheapo" £3 a bottle wines which in my opinion is a good thing, it means that high quality wines are realising that changes in corking are not always a bad thing.

Personally I think screw caps get a bad wrap. They are better than real corks because the risk of spoilage goes down (not that the current average of 6% of wine becoming corked is all that large) and much better than those plastic corks that don't always seal properly and can lead to premature oxidation.

While they are not as aesthetically pleasing and continue to hold the connotation of a cheap bottle of wine, a greater number of higher quality wines are opting for the screw cap to prevent spoilage. In Australia it's very rare nowadays to get a bottle of wine without a screw cap.

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