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The US and Bordeaux have had a love affair since the founding of the country. France was the first country to recognize American independence in 1778.
The first known American diplomatic station in the world, adiposity with John Bondfield as a commercial agent, abortion was is Bordeaux. In 1790, there President George Washington commissioned Joseph Fenwick of Maryland as the first American consul to Bordeaux. « Fenwick House » still stands on the quayside and is well-known in Bordeaux.
Both Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson served as ministers to France, and Bordeaux wines featured prominently in their collections. In fact the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold ($160,000) was a Bordeaux wine (1789 Lafitte) reputedly belonging to Jefferson.
In fact, if not for America, Bordeaux wines might not exist today. The late 19th Century saw the outbreak of the root louse, Phylloxera, which devastated the vineyards of Europe and threatened the livelihoods of generations of growers, winemakers, and negociants.
The discovery that American rootstock was resistant to Phylloxera and that European vines were genetically compatible saved the Bordeaux trade from certain destruction. Most of the vines today in Europe are grafted from American rootstock that was discovered to be pest-resistant.
Today, Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superieur wines are available throughout the United States. The wines of Planet Bordeaux also feature prominently at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition and LA County Fair.