Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac 2003

2003 is a somewhat maligned Bordeaux vintage in the English wine press for its hot drought conditions and its purported impact on wine style and longevity.  However, there are in my own experience still some very good Bordeaux wines to be found in this vintage, often at very fair prices.  This is an example.  Despite being an auction purchase, this proved to be an exceptionally well stored bottle of Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste of Pauillac.  The cork, which I unfortunately neglected to photograph, was a picture of youth and health.  In the glass, there are delicious and still youthful impressions of blackcurrant.  A sturdy backbone and long length on the palate completes the picture, with no hints of dead or cooked fruit.  Not as “outstanding” as the Vasse Felix wine just reviewed, but outstanding nonetheless.  (Alc: 13.5%, Region: Pauillac, Bordeaux, France, Rating: Outstanding, Drink: now to 2027, Price: $80+, Tasted: October, 2017)

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