2003 Château Petit Bocq - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe (11/20/2007)
Purchased for $12. This garage wine has been around since 1972. The grapes come from 80 different vineyard parcels in the St. Estèphe appellation. Mostly gravelly soil with the average age of the vines being 35 years old. Aged for 1 year in French Oak (around 30-50% new).
Not decanted. Deep purple color. A young wine which still needs some fleshing out. However, it gives quite a bit of pleasure to those who enjoy big bold wines. Notes of coffee, tobacco leaf and chocolatey black fruit. Full bodied with firm tannins. 89-90 points.