Thursday, November 16, 2006

2003 Chateau Coufran (Bordeaux-Haut Medoc)

A big juicy red. Deep purple color. Spicy and full of black fruit on the nose. Blackberry, crème de cassis, some minerality on the palate. Velvety with a soft texture. This wine really evolves after some time in the glass or after decanting. It becomes even smoother with nice kirsch notes and subtle hints of cedar. The wine will be fantastic with a couple years of bottle age.

The 2003 Bordeaux vintage has been somewhat controversial with claims that the heat wave of that year have yielded concentrated and jammy wines. (link here). That may be true and some of the more famous châteaux have come under scrutiny this year for producing “atypical” wines according to Bordeaux standards. However, I really feel that some of the Cru Bourgeois wines and have produced some early drinking, excellent value wines. This is one of them.

I found this wine at Grand Wine and Liquor in Astoria where they have been selling it for $16, an excellent bargain which delivery a great price per quality ratio.

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