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Ausone, producing between The latest vintage is tasted next to the coveted vats that hold the precious wines. The family is very much involved.

Owner Alain Vauthier and his daughter are omnipresent during the tastings. They were both wearing happy smiles because of the great vintage. Chateau Cheval Blanc ,.

What makes Cheval Blanc so unusual is three main soil types — fine textured with clay, more coarsely textured with gravel, and large gravel with sand — that constitute a veritable patchwork.

Some estates in Saint-Emilion have excellent gravelly soil, while others in Saint-Emilion and Pomerol have very good clay soils.

Cheval Blanc, on the other hand, has both types of soil in fairly equal proportions. Traditionally the Cabernet Franc plays an important role here.

Not many Bordeaux chateaux have managed to remain family-owned over the years. Perse has traveled a lot in the Netherlands and it we all enjoyed catching up on memories together.

Other remarkable properties that outperformed in Vieux Chateau Certan ,. Other Margaux and Saint Julien ratings.

Other Haut Medoc, Moulis and Listrac ratings. Other Saint Emilion and Pomerol ratings. Chateau Coulon Laurensac, without a doubt the best place in the world to taste all five First Growths and Yquem….

The content, design and graphical elements of this Magazine are copyrighted. The Bordeaux Wine Experience is a Dutch company specializing in wine and culinary tours in the Bordeaux region for an English speaking international clientele.

All of this, backed up by scientific reasoning and technical follow-up. Decidedly different from other vintages ending in 7, and a very nice surprise.

The warm, dry soil led to early bud break about Bordeaux Vintage Special Vintage c. Tasting and rating a great vintage.

I tasted so many wines for you. Excellent wines on all price levels I sincerely hope my notes and ratings may help you decide which wines to buy on futures because this year the question for each true Bordeaux lover should not be: New Lay-out I have changed the lay-out of this Vintage Special to make it easier to navigate and I would like your opinion.

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Drinking Yquem all night! Intense deep purple red color for Lafite. With Thibault Pontallier at Chateau Margaux.

With Sandrine Garbay tasting Yquem. With Alain Vauthier of Chateau Ausone. Vieux Chateau Certan , Pomerol. Watching on closed-circuit TV, heavyweight champ Sonny Liston quipped that if he fought Clay he might get locked up for murder.

The fight was later named "Fight of the Year" by The Ring magazine. In each of these fights, Clay vocally belittled his opponents and vaunted his abilities.

He called Jones "an ugly little man" and Cooper a "bum. To replace Moore, Clay hired Angelo Dundee to be his trainer.

The fight was set for February 25, , in Miami Beach. Liston was an intimidating personality, a dominating fighter with a criminal past and ties to the mob.

The outcome of the fight was a major upset. At the opening bell, Liston rushed at Clay, seemingly angry and looking for a quick knockout.

At the end of the first round, Clay opened up his attack and hit Liston repeatedly with jabs. Liston fought better in round two, but at the beginning of the third round Clay hit Liston with a combination that buckled his knees and opened a cut under his left eye.

This was the first time Liston had ever been cut. At the end of round four, Clay was returning to his corner when he began experiencing blinding pain in his eyes and asked his trainer, Angelo Dundee , to cut off his gloves.

In the sixth, Clay dominated, hitting Liston repeatedly. Liston did not answer the bell for the seventh round, and Clay was declared the winner by TKO.

Liston stated that the reason he quit was an injured shoulder. Following the win, a triumphant Clay rushed to the edge of the ring and, pointing to the ringside press, shouted: I shook up the world.

At ringside post fight, Clay appeared unconvinced that the fight was stopped due to a Liston shoulder injury, saying that the only injury Liston had was "an open eye, a big cut eye!

In winning this fight at the age of 22, Clay became the youngest boxer to take the title from a reigning heavyweight champion.

Mike Tyson broke both records in when he defeated Trevor Berbick to win the heavyweight title at age Ali then faced a rematch with Liston scheduled for May in Lewiston, Maine.

Midway through the first round, Liston was knocked down by a difficult-to-see blow the press dubbed a "phantom punch.

Liston rose after he had been down for about 20 seconds, and the fight momentarily continued. However a few seconds later Walcott, having been informed by the timekeepers that Liston had been down for a count of 10, stopped the match and declared Ali the winner by knockout.

It has since been speculated that Liston purposely dropped to the ground. Proposed motivations include threats on his life from the Nation of Islam, that he had bet against himself and that he "took a dive" to pay off debts.

Slow-motion replays show that Liston was jarred by a chopping right from Ali, although it is unclear whether the blow was a genuine knockout punch.

Ali defended his title against former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson on November 22, Before the match, Ali mocked Patterson, who was widely known to call him by his former name Cassius Clay, as an " Uncle Tom ", calling him "The Rabbit".

Although Ali clearly had the better of Patterson, who appeared injured during the fight, the match lasted 12 rounds before being called on a technical knockout.

Patterson later said he had strained his sacroiliac. Ali was criticized in the sports media for appearing to have toyed with Patterson during the fight.

Stratton claims that the conflict between Ali and Patterson was not genuine but was staged to increase ticket sales and the closed-circuit viewing audience, with both men complicit in the theatrics.

Stratton also cites an interview by Howard Cosell in which Ali explained that rather than toying with Patterson, he refrained from knocking him out after it became apparent Patterson was injured.

Stratton states that Ali arranged the second fight, in , with the financially struggling Patterson to help the former champion earn enough money to pay a debt to the IRS.

After the Patterson fight, Ali founded his own promotion company, Main Bout. The bout drew a record-breaking indoor crowd of 35, people.

Williams had once been considered among the hardest punchers in the heavyweight division, but in he had been shot at point-blank range by a Texas policeman, resulting in the loss of one kidney and 10 feet 3.

Ali dominated Williams, winning a third-round technical knockout in what some consider the finest performance of his career. Ali fought Terrell in Houston on February 6, The two almost came to blows over the name issue in a pre-fight interview with Howard Cosell.

Ali seemed intent on humiliating Terrell. Terrell claimed that early in the fight Ali deliberately thumbed him in the eye, forcing him to fight half-blind, and then, in a clinch, rubbed the wounded eye against the ropes.

He paid a bond and remained free while the verdict was being appealed. In March , Ali refused to be inducted into the armed forces.

He was systematically denied a boxing license in every state and stripped of his passport. As a result, he did not fight from March to October —from ages 25 to almost 29—as his case worked its way through the appeals process before his conviction was overturned in Edited versions of the bout were shown in movie theaters in Ali suggested that prejudice determined his defeat in the U.

He was reported to jokingly say, "That computer was made in Alabama. The win left Ali as a top contender against heavyweight champion Joe Frazier.

Adding to the atmosphere were the considerable pre-fight theatrics and name calling. Ali portrayed Frazier as a "dumb tool of the white establishment.

Ali began training at a farm near Reading, Pennsylvania , in and, finding the country setting to his liking, sought to develop a real training camp in the countryside.

He found a five-acre site on a Pennsylvania country road in the village of Deer Lake, Pennsylvania. On this site, Ali carved out what was to become his training camp, where he trained for all his fights from to the end of his career in The Monday night fight lived up to its billing.

The fight was even in the early rounds, but Ali was taking more punishment than ever in his career. On several occasions in the early rounds he played to the crowd and shook his head "no" after he was hit.

In the later rounds—in what was the first appearance of the " rope-a-dope strategy"—Ali leaned against the ropes and absorbed punishment from Frazier, hoping to tire him.

In the 11th round, Frazier connected with a left hook that wobbled Ali, but because it appeared that Ali might be clowning as he staggered backwards across the ring, Frazier hesitated to press his advantage, fearing an Ali counter-attack.

In the final round, Frazier knocked Ali down with a vicious left hook, which referee Arthur Mercante said was as hard as a man can be hit.

Ali was back on his feet in three seconds. In , basketball star Wilt Chamberlain challenged Ali to a fight, and a bout was scheduled for July These statements of confidence unsettled his taller opponent, whom Los Angeles Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke had offered a record-setting contract, conditional on Chamberlain agreeing to abandon what Cooke termed "this boxing foolishness," [72] and he did exactly that.

After the loss to Frazier, Ali fought Jerry Quarry, had a second bout with Floyd Patterson and faced Bob Foster in , winning a total of six fights that year.

After initially considering retirement, Ali won a controversial decision against Norton in their second bout. Ali was strong in the early rounds of the fight, and staggered Frazier in the second round.

Referee Tony Perez mistakenly thought he heard the bell ending the round and stepped between the two fighters as Ali was pressing his attack, giving Frazier time to recover.

The last four rounds saw round-to-round shifts in momentum between the two fighters. Judges awarded Ali a unanimous decision.

The defeat of Frazier set the stage for a title fight against heavyweight champion George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire , on October 30, —a bout nicknamed The Rumble in the Jungle.

Foreman was considered one of the hardest punchers in heavyweight history. In assessing the fight, analysts pointed out that Joe Frazier and Ken Norton , who had given Ali four tough battles and won two of them, had both been devastated by Foreman in second-round knockouts.

Ali was 32 years old, and had clearly lost speed and reflexes since his twenties. Contrary to his later persona, Foreman was at the time a brooding and intimidating presence.

As usual, Ali was confident and colorful before the fight. Then, beginning in the second round, and to the consternation of his corner, Ali retreated to the ropes and invited Foreman to hit him while covering up, clinching and counter-punching, all while verbally taunting Foreman.

The move, which would later become known as the " Rope-a-dope ", so violated conventional boxing wisdom—letting one of the hardest hitters in boxing strike at will—that at ringside writer George Plimpton thought the fight had to be fixed.

Midway through the fight, as Foreman began tiring, Ali countered more frequently and effectively with punches and flurries, which electrified the pro-Ali crowd.

In the eighth round, Ali dropped an exhausted Foreman with a combination at center ring; Foreman failed to make the count.

Against the odds, and amidst pandemonium in the ring, Ali had regained the title by knockout. Reflecting on the fight, George Foreman later said: It was a bout that would inspire Sylvester Stallone to create the acclaimed film, Rocky.

Ali then agreed to a third match with Joe Frazier in Manila. In the first rounds, Ali was aggressive, moving and exchanging blows with Frazier.

However, Ali soon appeared to tire and adopted the "rope-a-dope" strategy, frequently resorting to clinches. During this part of the bout Ali did some effective counter-punching, but for the most part absorbed punishment from a relentlessly attacking Frazier.

Ali, in his corner, winner by TKO, slumped on his stool, clearly spent. An ailing Ali said afterwards that the fight "was the closest thing to dying that I know", and, when later asked if he had viewed the fight on videotape, reportedly said, "Why would I want to go back and see Hell?

On June 1, , Ali removed his shirt and jacket and confronted professional wrestler Gorilla Monsoon in the ring after his match at a World Wide Wrestling Federation show in Philadelphia Arena.

After dodging a few punches, Monsoon put Ali in an airplane spin and dumped him to the mat. Ali stumbled to the corner, where his associate Butch Lewis convinced him to walk away.

On June 26, , Ali participated in an exhibition bout in Tokyo against Japanese professional wrestler and martial artist Antonio Inoki. Ali fought Ken Norton for the third time in September The bout, which was held at Yankee Stadium , resulted in Ali winning a heavily contested decision that was loudly booed by the audience.

Afterwards, he announced he was retiring from boxing to practice his faith, having converted to Sunni Islam after falling out with the Nation of Islam the previous year.

After returning to beat Alfredo Evangelista in May , Ali struggled in his next fight against Earnie Shavers that September, getting pummeled a few times by punches to the head.

Ali won the fight by another unanimous decision, but the bout caused his longtime doctor Ferdie Pacheco to quit after he was rebuffed for telling Ali he should retire.

I got nothing back in response. At the time, Spinks had only seven professional fights to his credit, and had recently fought a draw with journeyman Scott LeDoux.

Ali sparred less than two dozen rounds in preparation for the fight, and was seriously out of shape by the opening bell.

He lost the title by split decision. This made Ali the first heavyweight champion to win the belt three times. Following this win, on July 27, , Ali announced his retirement from boxing.

His retirement was short-lived, however; Ali announced his comeback to face Larry Holmes for the WBC belt in an attempt to win the heavyweight championship an unprecedented fourth time.

He knew Ali had nothing left; he knew it would be a horror. It was around this time that Ali started struggling with vocal stutters and trembling hands.

Ali chose instead to check into the Mayo Clinic , who declared him fit to fight. The fight took place on October 2, , in Las Vegas Valley, with Holmes easily dominating Ali, who was weakened from thyroid medication he had taken to lose weight.

Giachetti called the fight "awful By the end of his boxing career Ali had absorbed , hits. Ali was married four times and had seven daughters and two sons.

Ali was introduced to cocktail waitress Sonji Roi by Herbert Muhammad and asked her to marry him after their first date. They were wed approximately one month later on August 14, Just before the divorce was finalized, Ali sent Sonji a note: On August 17, , Ali married Belinda Boyd.

After the wedding, she, like Ali, converted to Islam. She changed her name to Khalilah Ali, though she was still called Belinda by old friends and family.

They had four children: Ali was a resident of Cherry Hill, New Jersey , in the early s. While still married to Belinda, Ali married Aaisha in an Islamic ceremony that was not legally recognized.

Their second daughter, Laila Ali , was born in December They had been friends since in Louisville. Together they adopted a son, Asaad Amin, when Amin was five months old.

She said he accepted responsibility and took care of her, but all contacts with him were cut off after he married his fourth wife Lonnie.

Kiiursti claims to have a relationship with his other children. After his death she again made passionate appeals to be allowed to mourn at his funeral.

The case went on until and was eventually thrown out as her allegations were deemed to be barred by the statute of limitations.

Ali then lived in Scottsdale, Arizona , with Lonnie. In he said "Women are not made to be hit in the breast, and face like that Get hit in the breast Ali said that he first heard of the Nation of Islam when he was fighting in the Golden Gloves tournament in Chicago in , and attended his first Nation of Islam meeting in He continued to attend meetings, although keeping his involvement hidden from the public.

In , Clay met Malcolm X , who soon became his spiritual and political mentor. This led to a story in The Miami Herald just before the fight disclosing that Clay had joined the Nation of Islam, which nearly caused the bout to be canceled.

The article quoted Cassius Clay Sr. In fact, Clay was initially refused entry to the Nation of Islam often called the Black Muslims at the time due to his boxing career.

However, after he won the championship from Liston in , the Nation of Islam was more receptive and agreed to publicize his membership. He stayed in Chicago for about 12 years.

Only a few journalists most notably Howard Cosell accepted the new name at that time. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.

Aligning himself with the Nation of Islam, its leader Elijah Muhammad , and a narrative that labeled the white race as the perpetrator of genocide against African Americans made Ali a target of public condemnation.

The Nation of Islam was widely viewed by whites and some African Americans as a black separatist "hate religion" with a propensity toward violence; Ali had few qualms about using his influential voice to speak Nation of Islam doctrine.

But there is an irony to the fact that while the Nation branded white people as devils, Ali had more white colleagues than most African American people did at that time in America, and continued to have them throughout his career.

Ali had gone on the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in , which inspired him in a similar manner to Malcolm X, meeting people of different colors from all over the world giving him a different outlook and greater spiritual awareness.

After the September 11 attacks in , he stated that "Islam is a religion of peace " and "does not promote terrorism or killing people", and that he was "angry that the world sees a certain group of Islam followers who caused this destruction, but they are not real Muslims.

They are racist fanatics who call themselves Muslims. In later life, Ali developed an interest in Sufism , which he referenced in his autobiography, The Soul of a Butterfly.

Ali said the idea was not to use the proceeds for profit, but to establish an international agency to help poor children.

He added, "I love the music. I used to train to their music. Ali registered for conscription in the United States military on his 18th birthday and was listed as 1-A in Armed Forces qualifying test because his writing and spelling skills were sub-standard, [] due to his dyslexia.

Army at a time when the U. When notified of this status, Ali declared that he would refuse to serve in the army and publicly considered himself a conscientious objector.

We are not supposed to take part in no wars unless declared by Allah or The Messenger. On April 28, , Ali appeared in Houston for his scheduled induction into the U.

Armed Forces, but he refused three times to step forward when his name was called. Once more, Ali refused to budge when his name was called, and he was arrested.

Later that same day, the New York State Athletic Commission suspended his boxing license and stripped him of his title.

Other boxing commissions followed suit. Ali remained unable to obtain a license to box in any state for over three years. Supreme Court in Ali remained free in the years between the Appellate Court decision and the Supreme Court ruling.

As public opinion began turning people against the war and the Civil Rights Movement continued to gather momentum, Ali became a popular speaker at colleges and universities across the country; this itinerary was rare if not unprecedented for a prizefighter.

At Howard University , for example, he gave his popular "Black Is Best" speech to 4, cheering students and community intellectuals, after he was invited to speak by sociology professor Nathan Hare on behalf of the Black Power Committee, a student protest group.

President Donald Trump , apparently unaware of the overturned conviction, said on June 8, that he might grant a posthumous pardon to Ali.

Possessing a killer jump shot or the ability to stop on a dime was no longer enough. What were you doing for the liberation of your people?

What were you doing to help your country live up to the covenant of its founding principles? The fact that he was proud to be a black man and that he had so much talent But for those very reasons I enjoyed him.

Civil rights figures came to believe that Ali had an energizing effect on the freedom movement as a whole. Al Sharpton spoke of his bravery at a time when there was still widespread support for the Vietnam War.

He knew he was going to jail and did it anyway. Ali was honored with the annual Martin Luther King Award in by civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy , who called him "a living example of soul power, the March on Washington in two fists.

He was robbed of his best years, his prime years. And it turned out he was right, and I was wrong. Martin Luther King Jr. Ali was known for being a humanitarian [] and philanthropist.

Ali began visiting Africa starting in , when he visited Ghana. In , Ali was recruited by President Jimmy Carter for a diplomatic mission to Africa, in an effort to persuade a number of African governments to join the US-led boycott of the Moscow Olympics in response to the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan.

According to Ali biographer Thomas Hauser, "at best, it was ill-conceived; at worst, a diplomatic disaster. Ali was unable to explain why the African countries should join the US boycott when it had failed to support the African boycott of the Olympics in protest at Apartheid in South Africa , and was unaware that the Soviet Union was sponsoring popular revolutionary movements in Africa.

Ali did, however, convince the government of Kenya to boycott the Olympics. On January 19, , in Los Angeles, Ali talked a suicidal man down from jumping off a ninth-floor ledge, an event that made national news.

Around , the California Bicentennial Foundation for the U. Constitution selected Ali to personify the vitality of the U. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

In , Ali traveled to Iraq prior to the Gulf War , and met with Saddam Hussein in an attempt to negotiate the release of American hostages. Ali successfully secured the release of the hostages, in exchange for promising Hussein that he would bring America "an honest account" of Iraq.

Despite rescuing hostages, he received criticism from President George H. Bush , diplomat Joseph C.

Wilson , and The New York Times. His Life and Times by Thomas Hauser, in In , Ali campaigned to the United States government to come to the aid of refugees afflicted by the Rwandan genocide , and to donate to organizations helping Rwandan refugees.

It was watched by an estimated 3. That year he also contributed an on-camera segment to the America: A Tribute to Heroes benefit concert.

They made a joint appearance before Congress to push the case in On November 17, , Ali went to Afghanistan as the " U.

On July 27, , Ali was a titular bearer of the Olympic flag during the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in London.

The press attributed his decline in wealth to several factors, including taxes accounting for at least half of his income, management taking a third of his income, [] his lifestyle, and spending on family, charity and religious causes.

On December 20, , Ali was hospitalized for a mild case of pneumonia. Ali was hospitalized in Scottsdale on June 2, , with a respiratory illness. Though his condition was initially described as "fair", it worsened, and he died the following day at age 74 from septic shock.

BET played their documentary Muhammad Ali: ESPN played four hours of non-stop commercial-free coverage of Ali. Ali was mourned globally, and a family spokesman said the family "certainly believes that Muhammad was a citizen of the world But he only has one hometown.

On June 10, , the funeral procession went through the streets of Louisville and ended at Cave Hill Cemetery , where Ali was interred during a private ceremony.

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From Slavery to Freedom. He was dyslexic , which led to difficulties in reading and writing, at school and for much of his life.

That really affected him. Ali was first directed toward boxing by Louisville police officer and boxing coach Joe E. He told the officer he was going to "whup" the thief.

The officer told Clay he had better learn how to box first. He won by split decision. Ali said in his autobiography that shortly after his return from the Rome Olympics, he threw his gold medal into the Ohio River after he and a friend were refused service at a "whites-only" restaurant and fought with a white gang.

Clay made his professional debut on October 29, , winning a six-round decision over Tunney Hunsaker. From then until the end of , Clay amassed a record of 19—0 with 15 wins by knockout.

Clay also beat his former trainer and veteran boxer Archie Moore in a match. These early fights were not without trials. Clay was knocked down by both Sonny Banks and Cooper.

Jones staggered Clay in the first round, and the unanimous decision for Clay was greeted by boos and a rain of debris thrown into the ring.

Watching on closed-circuit TV, heavyweight champ Sonny Liston quipped that if he fought Clay he might get locked up for murder. The fight was later named "Fight of the Year" by The Ring magazine.

In each of these fights, Clay vocally belittled his opponents and vaunted his abilities. He called Jones "an ugly little man" and Cooper a "bum.

To replace Moore, Clay hired Angelo Dundee to be his trainer. The fight was set for February 25, , in Miami Beach.

Liston was an intimidating personality, a dominating fighter with a criminal past and ties to the mob. The outcome of the fight was a major upset.

At the opening bell, Liston rushed at Clay, seemingly angry and looking for a quick knockout. At the end of the first round, Clay opened up his attack and hit Liston repeatedly with jabs.

Liston fought better in round two, but at the beginning of the third round Clay hit Liston with a combination that buckled his knees and opened a cut under his left eye.

This was the first time Liston had ever been cut. At the end of round four, Clay was returning to his corner when he began experiencing blinding pain in his eyes and asked his trainer, Angelo Dundee , to cut off his gloves.

In the sixth, Clay dominated, hitting Liston repeatedly. Liston did not answer the bell for the seventh round, and Clay was declared the winner by TKO.

Liston stated that the reason he quit was an injured shoulder. Following the win, a triumphant Clay rushed to the edge of the ring and, pointing to the ringside press, shouted: I shook up the world.

At ringside post fight, Clay appeared unconvinced that the fight was stopped due to a Liston shoulder injury, saying that the only injury Liston had was "an open eye, a big cut eye!

In winning this fight at the age of 22, Clay became the youngest boxer to take the title from a reigning heavyweight champion. Mike Tyson broke both records in when he defeated Trevor Berbick to win the heavyweight title at age Ali then faced a rematch with Liston scheduled for May in Lewiston, Maine.

Midway through the first round, Liston was knocked down by a difficult-to-see blow the press dubbed a "phantom punch.

Liston rose after he had been down for about 20 seconds, and the fight momentarily continued. However a few seconds later Walcott, having been informed by the timekeepers that Liston had been down for a count of 10, stopped the match and declared Ali the winner by knockout.

It has since been speculated that Liston purposely dropped to the ground. Proposed motivations include threats on his life from the Nation of Islam, that he had bet against himself and that he "took a dive" to pay off debts.

Slow-motion replays show that Liston was jarred by a chopping right from Ali, although it is unclear whether the blow was a genuine knockout punch.

Ali defended his title against former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson on November 22, Before the match, Ali mocked Patterson, who was widely known to call him by his former name Cassius Clay, as an " Uncle Tom ", calling him "The Rabbit".

Although Ali clearly had the better of Patterson, who appeared injured during the fight, the match lasted 12 rounds before being called on a technical knockout.

Patterson later said he had strained his sacroiliac. Ali was criticized in the sports media for appearing to have toyed with Patterson during the fight.

Stratton claims that the conflict between Ali and Patterson was not genuine but was staged to increase ticket sales and the closed-circuit viewing audience, with both men complicit in the theatrics.

Stratton also cites an interview by Howard Cosell in which Ali explained that rather than toying with Patterson, he refrained from knocking him out after it became apparent Patterson was injured.

Stratton states that Ali arranged the second fight, in , with the financially struggling Patterson to help the former champion earn enough money to pay a debt to the IRS.

After the Patterson fight, Ali founded his own promotion company, Main Bout. The bout drew a record-breaking indoor crowd of 35, people. Williams had once been considered among the hardest punchers in the heavyweight division, but in he had been shot at point-blank range by a Texas policeman, resulting in the loss of one kidney and 10 feet 3.

Ali dominated Williams, winning a third-round technical knockout in what some consider the finest performance of his career. Ali fought Terrell in Houston on February 6, The two almost came to blows over the name issue in a pre-fight interview with Howard Cosell.

Ali seemed intent on humiliating Terrell. Terrell claimed that early in the fight Ali deliberately thumbed him in the eye, forcing him to fight half-blind, and then, in a clinch, rubbed the wounded eye against the ropes.

He paid a bond and remained free while the verdict was being appealed. In March , Ali refused to be inducted into the armed forces.

He was systematically denied a boxing license in every state and stripped of his passport. As a result, he did not fight from March to October —from ages 25 to almost 29—as his case worked its way through the appeals process before his conviction was overturned in Edited versions of the bout were shown in movie theaters in Ali suggested that prejudice determined his defeat in the U.

He was reported to jokingly say, "That computer was made in Alabama. The win left Ali as a top contender against heavyweight champion Joe Frazier.

Adding to the atmosphere were the considerable pre-fight theatrics and name calling. Ali portrayed Frazier as a "dumb tool of the white establishment.

Ali began training at a farm near Reading, Pennsylvania , in and, finding the country setting to his liking, sought to develop a real training camp in the countryside.

He found a five-acre site on a Pennsylvania country road in the village of Deer Lake, Pennsylvania. On this site, Ali carved out what was to become his training camp, where he trained for all his fights from to the end of his career in The Monday night fight lived up to its billing.

The fight was even in the early rounds, but Ali was taking more punishment than ever in his career. On several occasions in the early rounds he played to the crowd and shook his head "no" after he was hit.

In the later rounds—in what was the first appearance of the " rope-a-dope strategy"—Ali leaned against the ropes and absorbed punishment from Frazier, hoping to tire him.

In the 11th round, Frazier connected with a left hook that wobbled Ali, but because it appeared that Ali might be clowning as he staggered backwards across the ring, Frazier hesitated to press his advantage, fearing an Ali counter-attack.

In the final round, Frazier knocked Ali down with a vicious left hook, which referee Arthur Mercante said was as hard as a man can be hit.

Ali was back on his feet in three seconds. In , basketball star Wilt Chamberlain challenged Ali to a fight, and a bout was scheduled for July These statements of confidence unsettled his taller opponent, whom Los Angeles Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke had offered a record-setting contract, conditional on Chamberlain agreeing to abandon what Cooke termed "this boxing foolishness," [72] and he did exactly that.

After the loss to Frazier, Ali fought Jerry Quarry, had a second bout with Floyd Patterson and faced Bob Foster in , winning a total of six fights that year.

After initially considering retirement, Ali won a controversial decision against Norton in their second bout.

Ali was strong in the early rounds of the fight, and staggered Frazier in the second round. Referee Tony Perez mistakenly thought he heard the bell ending the round and stepped between the two fighters as Ali was pressing his attack, giving Frazier time to recover.

The last four rounds saw round-to-round shifts in momentum between the two fighters. Judges awarded Ali a unanimous decision.

The defeat of Frazier set the stage for a title fight against heavyweight champion George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire , on October 30, —a bout nicknamed The Rumble in the Jungle.

Foreman was considered one of the hardest punchers in heavyweight history. In assessing the fight, analysts pointed out that Joe Frazier and Ken Norton , who had given Ali four tough battles and won two of them, had both been devastated by Foreman in second-round knockouts.

Ali was 32 years old, and had clearly lost speed and reflexes since his twenties. Contrary to his later persona, Foreman was at the time a brooding and intimidating presence.

As usual, Ali was confident and colorful before the fight. Then, beginning in the second round, and to the consternation of his corner, Ali retreated to the ropes and invited Foreman to hit him while covering up, clinching and counter-punching, all while verbally taunting Foreman.

The move, which would later become known as the " Rope-a-dope ", so violated conventional boxing wisdom—letting one of the hardest hitters in boxing strike at will—that at ringside writer George Plimpton thought the fight had to be fixed.

Midway through the fight, as Foreman began tiring, Ali countered more frequently and effectively with punches and flurries, which electrified the pro-Ali crowd.

In the eighth round, Ali dropped an exhausted Foreman with a combination at center ring; Foreman failed to make the count. Against the odds, and amidst pandemonium in the ring, Ali had regained the title by knockout.

Reflecting on the fight, George Foreman later said: It was a bout that would inspire Sylvester Stallone to create the acclaimed film, Rocky. Ali then agreed to a third match with Joe Frazier in Manila.

In the first rounds, Ali was aggressive, moving and exchanging blows with Frazier. However, Ali soon appeared to tire and adopted the "rope-a-dope" strategy, frequently resorting to clinches.

During this part of the bout Ali did some effective counter-punching, but for the most part absorbed punishment from a relentlessly attacking Frazier.

Ali, in his corner, winner by TKO, slumped on his stool, clearly spent. An ailing Ali said afterwards that the fight "was the closest thing to dying that I know", and, when later asked if he had viewed the fight on videotape, reportedly said, "Why would I want to go back and see Hell?

On June 1, , Ali removed his shirt and jacket and confronted professional wrestler Gorilla Monsoon in the ring after his match at a World Wide Wrestling Federation show in Philadelphia Arena.

After dodging a few punches, Monsoon put Ali in an airplane spin and dumped him to the mat. Ali stumbled to the corner, where his associate Butch Lewis convinced him to walk away.

On June 26, , Ali participated in an exhibition bout in Tokyo against Japanese professional wrestler and martial artist Antonio Inoki. Ali fought Ken Norton for the third time in September The bout, which was held at Yankee Stadium , resulted in Ali winning a heavily contested decision that was loudly booed by the audience.

Afterwards, he announced he was retiring from boxing to practice his faith, having converted to Sunni Islam after falling out with the Nation of Islam the previous year.

After returning to beat Alfredo Evangelista in May , Ali struggled in his next fight against Earnie Shavers that September, getting pummeled a few times by punches to the head.

Ali won the fight by another unanimous decision, but the bout caused his longtime doctor Ferdie Pacheco to quit after he was rebuffed for telling Ali he should retire.

I got nothing back in response. At the time, Spinks had only seven professional fights to his credit, and had recently fought a draw with journeyman Scott LeDoux.

Ali sparred less than two dozen rounds in preparation for the fight, and was seriously out of shape by the opening bell.

He lost the title by split decision. This made Ali the first heavyweight champion to win the belt three times. Following this win, on July 27, , Ali announced his retirement from boxing.

His retirement was short-lived, however; Ali announced his comeback to face Larry Holmes for the WBC belt in an attempt to win the heavyweight championship an unprecedented fourth time.

He knew Ali had nothing left; he knew it would be a horror. It was around this time that Ali started struggling with vocal stutters and trembling hands.

Ali chose instead to check into the Mayo Clinic , who declared him fit to fight. The fight took place on October 2, , in Las Vegas Valley, with Holmes easily dominating Ali, who was weakened from thyroid medication he had taken to lose weight.

Giachetti called the fight "awful By the end of his boxing career Ali had absorbed , hits. Ali was married four times and had seven daughters and two sons.

Ali was introduced to cocktail waitress Sonji Roi by Herbert Muhammad and asked her to marry him after their first date. They were wed approximately one month later on August 14, Just before the divorce was finalized, Ali sent Sonji a note: On August 17, , Ali married Belinda Boyd.

After the wedding, she, like Ali, converted to Islam. She changed her name to Khalilah Ali, though she was still called Belinda by old friends and family.

They had four children: Ali was a resident of Cherry Hill, New Jersey , in the early s. While still married to Belinda, Ali married Aaisha in an Islamic ceremony that was not legally recognized.

Their second daughter, Laila Ali , was born in December They had been friends since in Louisville. Together they adopted a son, Asaad Amin, when Amin was five months old.

She said he accepted responsibility and took care of her, but all contacts with him were cut off after he married his fourth wife Lonnie. Kiiursti claims to have a relationship with his other children.

After his death she again made passionate appeals to be allowed to mourn at his funeral. The case went on until and was eventually thrown out as her allegations were deemed to be barred by the statute of limitations.

Ali then lived in Scottsdale, Arizona , with Lonnie. In he said "Women are not made to be hit in the breast, and face like that Get hit in the breast Ali said that he first heard of the Nation of Islam when he was fighting in the Golden Gloves tournament in Chicago in , and attended his first Nation of Islam meeting in He continued to attend meetings, although keeping his involvement hidden from the public.

In , Clay met Malcolm X , who soon became his spiritual and political mentor. This led to a story in The Miami Herald just before the fight disclosing that Clay had joined the Nation of Islam, which nearly caused the bout to be canceled.

The article quoted Cassius Clay Sr. In fact, Clay was initially refused entry to the Nation of Islam often called the Black Muslims at the time due to his boxing career.

However, after he won the championship from Liston in , the Nation of Islam was more receptive and agreed to publicize his membership.

He stayed in Chicago for about 12 years. Only a few journalists most notably Howard Cosell accepted the new name at that time.

But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me. Aligning himself with the Nation of Islam, its leader Elijah Muhammad , and a narrative that labeled the white race as the perpetrator of genocide against African Americans made Ali a target of public condemnation.

The Nation of Islam was widely viewed by whites and some African Americans as a black separatist "hate religion" with a propensity toward violence; Ali had few qualms about using his influential voice to speak Nation of Islam doctrine.

But there is an irony to the fact that while the Nation branded white people as devils, Ali had more white colleagues than most African American people did at that time in America, and continued to have them throughout his career.

Ali had gone on the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in , which inspired him in a similar manner to Malcolm X, meeting people of different colors from all over the world giving him a different outlook and greater spiritual awareness.

After the September 11 attacks in , he stated that "Islam is a religion of peace " and "does not promote terrorism or killing people", and that he was "angry that the world sees a certain group of Islam followers who caused this destruction, but they are not real Muslims.

They are racist fanatics who call themselves Muslims. In later life, Ali developed an interest in Sufism , which he referenced in his autobiography, The Soul of a Butterfly.

Ali said the idea was not to use the proceeds for profit, but to establish an international agency to help poor children.

He added, "I love the music. I used to train to their music. Ali registered for conscription in the United States military on his 18th birthday and was listed as 1-A in Armed Forces qualifying test because his writing and spelling skills were sub-standard, [] due to his dyslexia.

Army at a time when the U. When notified of this status, Ali declared that he would refuse to serve in the army and publicly considered himself a conscientious objector.

We are not supposed to take part in no wars unless declared by Allah or The Messenger. On April 28, , Ali appeared in Houston for his scheduled induction into the U.

Armed Forces, but he refused three times to step forward when his name was called. Once more, Ali refused to budge when his name was called, and he was arrested.

Later that same day, the New York State Athletic Commission suspended his boxing license and stripped him of his title.

Other boxing commissions followed suit. Ali remained unable to obtain a license to box in any state for over three years.

Supreme Court in Ali remained free in the years between the Appellate Court decision and the Supreme Court ruling. As public opinion began turning people against the war and the Civil Rights Movement continued to gather momentum, Ali became a popular speaker at colleges and universities across the country; this itinerary was rare if not unprecedented for a prizefighter.

At Howard University , for example, he gave his popular "Black Is Best" speech to 4, cheering students and community intellectuals, after he was invited to speak by sociology professor Nathan Hare on behalf of the Black Power Committee, a student protest group.

President Donald Trump , apparently unaware of the overturned conviction, said on June 8, that he might grant a posthumous pardon to Ali.

Possessing a killer jump shot or the ability to stop on a dime was no longer enough. What were you doing for the liberation of your people?

What were you doing to help your country live up to the covenant of its founding principles? The fact that he was proud to be a black man and that he had so much talent But for those very reasons I enjoyed him.

Civil rights figures came to believe that Ali had an energizing effect on the freedom movement as a whole. Al Sharpton spoke of his bravery at a time when there was still widespread support for the Vietnam War.

He knew he was going to jail and did it anyway. Ali was honored with the annual Martin Luther King Award in by civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy , who called him "a living example of soul power, the March on Washington in two fists.

He was robbed of his best years, his prime years. And it turned out he was right, and I was wrong. Martin Luther King Jr. Ali was known for being a humanitarian [] and philanthropist.

Ali began visiting Africa starting in , when he visited Ghana. In , Ali was recruited by President Jimmy Carter for a diplomatic mission to Africa, in an effort to persuade a number of African governments to join the US-led boycott of the Moscow Olympics in response to the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan.

According to Ali biographer Thomas Hauser, "at best, it was ill-conceived; at worst, a diplomatic disaster.

Ali was unable to explain why the African countries should join the US boycott when it had failed to support the African boycott of the Olympics in protest at Apartheid in South Africa , and was unaware that the Soviet Union was sponsoring popular revolutionary movements in Africa.

Ali did, however, convince the government of Kenya to boycott the Olympics. On January 19, , in Los Angeles, Ali talked a suicidal man down from jumping off a ninth-floor ledge, an event that made national news.

Around , the California Bicentennial Foundation for the U. Constitution selected Ali to personify the vitality of the U.

Constitution and Bill of Rights. In , Ali traveled to Iraq prior to the Gulf War , and met with Saddam Hussein in an attempt to negotiate the release of American hostages.

Ali successfully secured the release of the hostages, in exchange for promising Hussein that he would bring America "an honest account" of Iraq.

Despite rescuing hostages, he received criticism from President George H. Bush , diplomat Joseph C. Wilson , and The New York Times. His Life and Times by Thomas Hauser, in In , Ali campaigned to the United States government to come to the aid of refugees afflicted by the Rwandan genocide , and to donate to organizations helping Rwandan refugees.

It was watched by an estimated 3. That year he also contributed an on-camera segment to the America: A Tribute to Heroes benefit concert.

They made a joint appearance before Congress to push the case in On November 17, , Ali went to Afghanistan as the " U. On July 27, , Ali was a titular bearer of the Olympic flag during the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in London.

The press attributed his decline in wealth to several factors, including taxes accounting for at least half of his income, management taking a third of his income, [] his lifestyle, and spending on family, charity and religious causes.

On December 20, , Ali was hospitalized for a mild case of pneumonia. Ali was hospitalized in Scottsdale on June 2, , with a respiratory illness.

Though his condition was initially described as "fair", it worsened, and he died the following day at age 74 from septic shock. BET played their documentary Muhammad Ali: ESPN played four hours of non-stop commercial-free coverage of Ali.

Ali was mourned globally, and a family spokesman said the family "certainly believes that Muhammad was a citizen of the world But he only has one hometown.

On June 10, , the funeral procession went through the streets of Louisville and ended at Cave Hill Cemetery , where Ali was interred during a private ceremony.

His grave is marked with a simple granite marker that bears only his name. Center was held in the afternoon of June Ali had a highly unorthodox boxing style for a heavyweight, epitomized by his catchphrase "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

His footwork was so strong that it was extremely difficult for opponents to cut down the ring and corner Ali against the ropes. He was also able to quickly dodge punches with his head movement and footwork.

Commenting on fighting the young Ali, George Chuvalo said: When he was young, he moved his legs and hands at the same time.

He threw his punches when he was in motion. So if you waited until he got into range to punch back, he beat you every time. Darrell Foster, who trained Will Smith for the movie Ali , said: But there were at least six different ways Ali used to jab.

This physical change led in part to the " rope-a-dope " strategy, where Ali would lie back on the ropes, cover up to protect himself and conserve energy, and tempt opponents to punch themselves out.

Ali often taunted opponents in the process and lashed back with sudden, unexpected combinations. The strategy was dramatically successful in the George Foreman fight, but less so in the first Joe Frazier bout when it was introduced.

Of his later career, Arthur Mercante said: He was the best fighter I ever saw in terms of clinching. Not only did he use it to rest, but he was big and strong and knew how to lean on opponents and push and shove and pull to tire them out.

Ali was so smart. Most guys are just in there fighting, but Ali had a sense of everything that was happening, almost as though he was sitting at ringside analyzing the fight while he fought it.

Ali regularly taunted and baited his opponents—including Liston, Frazier, and Foreman—before the fight and often during the bout itself.

He said Frazier was "too dumb to be champion", that he would whip Liston "like his Daddy did", that Terrell was an " Uncle Tom " for refusing to call Ali by his name and continuing to call him Cassius Clay, and that Patterson was a "rabbit.

During the early part of his career, he built a reputation for predicting rounds in which he would finish opponents, often vowing to crawl across the ring or to leave the country if he lost the bout.

So keep on bragging, keep on sassing and always be outrageous. In an interview published in , Joe Frazier recalled that he had first met Ali around At this time Ali was continuing his legal fight to get his boxing license back, and Frazier was the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

Frazier also lent Ali some money at this time. Ali and Frazier knew they would become wealthy if Ali returned to the ring. Ali and Frazier fought three fights in the span of five years; the first and third of these are widely regarded to be among the greatest of all boxing bouts, and the Ali-Frazier rivalry has been hailed as one of the greatest any sport has seen.

Of all the names joined forever in the annals of boxing—from Dempsey - Tunney to Louis - Schmeling , from Zale - Graziano to Leonard - Hearns —none are more fiercely bound by a hyphen than Ali-Frazier.

Not Palmer - Nicklaus in golf nor Borg - McEnroe in tennis, as ardently competitive as these rivalries were, conjure up anything remotely close to the epic theater of Ali-Frazier.

After Thrilla in Manila , Frazier called Ali "a great champion", [] and, referring to Ali, graciously stated that "[m]y man fought a good fight"; [] while Ali declared Frazier to be "the greatest fighter of all time next to me.

In the buildup to their bouts, Ali called Frazier "dumb" and an "Uncle Tom" before their first, "ignorant" before the second, and a "gorilla" before the third.

On January 23, , five days before their second fight , Ali and Frazier had a public altercation captured on television.

Things went smoothly until Frazier commented about Ali having to visit a hospital after the fight. Ali immediately responded by claiming he had gone to a hospital for ten minutes whereas Frazier had been hospitalized for three weeks after the fight, [b] and concluded by calling Frazier "ignorant.

According to veteran boxing commentator Ronnie Nathanielsz, during the buildup to Thrilla in Manilla, Ali once awakened Frazier in the middle of the night by constantly screaming.

When Frazier appeared on the balcony of his hotel room, Ali pointed a toy gun at him and shouted: However when Lewis conveyed this request to Frazier, he was told not to share the phone number with Ali.

At a local gym, Frazier came across Ali before a crowd of spectators, and said: Frazier immediately took off his coat, moved to the bag and threw a dozen rapid punches at it accompanied by loud grunts.

Later that day, Frazier started walking towards Ali after having had too much to drink. Ali biographer Thomas Hauser , who was present, recalled that for the next 10 minutes Larry Holmes positioned himself between Ali and Frazier, preventing Frazier from reaching Ali.

Throughout this incident, Ali remained oblivious to what was going on. Commenting on Ali lighting the Olympic flame in , Frazier stated that it would have been good if Ali had fallen into the cauldron after lighting the flame, and that he would have pushed Ali in himself if he had the chance to do so.

In a interview, Frazier expressed no regret for the words he had used for Ali at the Atlanta Olympics. We were human beings.

He called me a gorilla. I grew up so poor and so black in South Carolina, even the water we drank was colored.

God gave him so many gifts. In a interview with The New York Times , Ali again apologized to Frazier for calling him names which, Ali claimed, was done to promote their fights.

Frazier initially accepted the apology saying it was time to put this issue behind them. Reacting to this, Ali stated: In , on the eve of the 40th anniversary of his first fight with Ali, and the year of his death, Frazier reiterated that he had forgiven Ali.

Jesse Jackson asked the mourners to stand and bring their hands together one last time for Frazier. Ali had a cameo role in the film version of Requiem for a Heavyweight , and during his exile from boxing, he starred in the short-lived Broadway musical, Buck White.

He also appeared in the documentary film Black Rodeo riding both a horse and a bull. His autobiography The Greatest: My Own Story , written with Richard Durham, was published in Senate and battles other former slaves and white sharecroppers to keep the land they have tended all their lives.

Ali often used rhyme schemes and spoken word poetry, both for when he was trash-talking in boxing and as political poetry for his activism outside of boxing.

He played a role in the shaping of the black poetic tradition, paving the way for The Last Poets in , Gil Scott-Heron in , and the emergence of rap music in the s.

In , Ali released an album of spoken word music on Columbia Records titled, I Am the Greatest , and in , he recorded a cover version of the rhythm and blues song " Stand by Me ".

Ali was an influential figure in the world of hip hop music. As a "rhyming trickster", he was noted for his "funky delivery", "boasts", "comical trash-talk", and "endless quotables.

Muhammad Ali defeated every top heavyweight in his era, which has been called the golden age of heavyweight boxing. Ali was named "Fighter of the Year" by The Ring magazine more times than any other fighter, and was involved in more Ring "Fight of the Year" bouts than any other fighter.

He was one of only three boxers to be named " Sportsman of the Year " by Sports Illustrated. This was controversial at the time, as within a week 12 of the 70 street signs were stolen.

In time, Muhammad Ali Boulevard—and Ali himself—came to be well accepted in his hometown. In , the Associated Press reported that Ali was tied with Babe Ruth as the most recognized athlete, out of over dead or living athletes, in America.

In addition to displaying his boxing memorabilia, the center focuses on core themes of peace, social responsibility, respect, and personal growth.

The mall opened in with Ali attending its opening. The Muhammad Ali vs. Antonio Inoki fight played an important role in the history of mixed martial arts.

Pride was acquired by its rival, Ultimate Fighting Championship , in The Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act was introduced in and passed in , to protect the rights and welfare of boxers in the United States.

The annual award was originally created in and honors former "sports figures who embody the ideals of sportsmanship, leadership and philanthropy as vehicles for changing the world.

Ali is regarded by boxing commentators and historians as one of the greatest fighters of all time. Ring Magazine , a prominent boxing magazine, named him number 1 in a ranking of greatest heavyweights from all eras.

As a world champion boxer, social activist, and pop culture icon, Ali was the subject of numerous creative works including books, films, music, video games, TV shows, and other.

Ali appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated on 37 different occasions, second only to Michael Jordan. Muhammad Ali , a DC Comics comic book pitting the champ against the superhero.

He also wrote several best-selling books about his career, including The Greatest: The Muhammad Ali effect, named after Ali, is a term that came into use in psychology in the s, as he stated in The Greatest: Prior to making the film, Smith rejected the role until Ali requested that he accept it.

Smith said the first thing Ali told him was: In , Ali was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the entertainment industry.

The earliest form of pay-per-view boxing telecasts was closed-circuit television , also known as theatre television , where fights were telecast live to a select number of venues, mostly theaters, where viewers paid for tickets to watch the fight live.

The use of closed-circuit for boxing telecasts peaked in popularity with Ali in the s and s. Professional boxing was introduced to pay-per-view home cable television with several Muhammad Ali fights, especially the Thrilla in Manila fight between Ali and Joe Frazier in , which was transmitted through HBO.

He was an uppercutter with a right hand and a jab , always looking you in the eye. Liston was scarier than Frazier, but I fought Liston when I was young.

But the first time we fought, I was three-and-half years out of shape. Ali asked for me to come to his dressing room before any of the press arrived.

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There were even several wines that were the best I have ever tasted on futures! Like every year for the last 10 years I will tell you about this most recent vintage.

And I will give you my tasting notes and ratings of a few selected properties that made superb wines that made an impression on me.

Of the other wines I will give you my ratings. I sincerely hope my notes and ratings may help you decide which wines to buy on futures because this year the question for each true Bordeaux lover should not be: I hope that this Vintage Special will help to find the answer to this question.

And the good news is that there are excellent wines on all price levels. I have changed the lay-out of this Vintage Special to make it easier to navigate and I would like your opinion.

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All elements together created great wines -and even often outstanding wines- that will entice Bordeaux lovers for generations to come.

Great minds think alike. Great vintages often have similar weather patterns. The weather was very unusual for a great vintage.

The winter and spring were wet, in some appellations even very wet. The Indian summer was textbook perfect. The abundance of rain in spring lacked in the summer and before the harvest.

But the rain mercifully relieved some hydric stress on the vines on exactly the right moment just before harvest time.

The Bordeaux vintage is very attractive for all buyers because of the exceptional wines at all levels. How the prices will turn out, remains to be seen of course.

Points, Ping-Pong and Parker and Ronald. Why I use the point scale Rating wine is a very personal experience. A wine rating is one individual opinion of one individual taster on one specific moment and we should be modest about the outcomes.

Nobody has an absolute judgment about wine, not even Robert Parker. There are many different systems of ratings.

Some rate wines with stars with a maximum varying from three to five stars. In France wines traditionally are rated on a point scale, the same scale that is used in all educational systems in France.

The American wine critic Robert Parker introduced a point scale and that became an instant success.

For me the downside is that I feel that this point scale is to refined. Can one really consistently discern the difference between a point wine and a point wine?

Personally I doubt this very much. The difference becomes even more important at the point mark. Just one point difference in a rating may mean a price difference of four to eight euro a bottle.

And if a chateau produces between Although I feel that points are for Ping-Pong and wine is for pleasure, I use points as well for my ratings.

I have been using this point scale over the last 30 years and it served me well. I hope my ratings will help you making your purchasing decisions in the extraordinary Bordeaux vintage Chateau Lafite Rothschild ,.

He meant that the samples were so good that people wanted to drink them already. Kohler had some difficulty understanding the vintage at first: We thought we were forced to harvest and that the wines would be a bit harsh because the berries were so hard.

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But no, everything turned out well. We probably overestimated the hydric stress and the vines produced a remarkable quality.

If we would understand everything it would take part of the fun away. Chateau Mouton Rothschild ,. Philippe told me that most measurable elements of the are superior to the vintage.

Dhalluin compares the with the Mouton points by Robert Parker but he told me that the tannins back then were very hard. This will be a monster!

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