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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.

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Popped and poured and served with steak last night and sipping on it again this evening.

Generally in agreement with VM's notes from 2007. I also tasted this about a year after its release and similar notes then as well. I think the nose is a bit more evolved now and the tannins are a bit smoother but still give the wine a grippy structure. Lots of fruit and acidity in a well balanced red.

As with nearly every 2003 Bordeaux I've had this past year, this is showing really well now. I think it has plenty of life left, but alas no more bottles to prove my point.

I think that 2003 will surprise a lot of people with how well it will age.

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