Bordeaux / 1993 was a poor year, much like 1992. Starting worryingly dry and ending frustratingly wet. Cabernet Sauvignon faced again a challenge to reach bearable ripeness while Merlot was succeeding surprisingly well. Again the technology and selectiveness were the key issues for the quality. Top producers could still manage good wines at reasonable prices, such as Haut-Brion, Valandraud and Pétrus. Lafleur and Trotanoy have also been solid purchases. Of these two, Trotanoy is better available and a lot cheaper.