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Brunello di Montalcino, 2003

San Giorgio - Ugolforte

A 2003 vintage Italian wine from Brunello Di Montalcino. Deep, brilliant garnet colour with a complex bouquet of cherry, prune, mint and sweet tobacco. Very full-bodied, silky with an impressively long and pleasantly fruity aftertaste.

Ugolforte is produced from the best estate grown grapes of the vineyards of Tenuta San Giorgio situated in Montalcino (Siena) close by Castelnuovo dell’Abate and the Cistercian abbey of Sant’Antimo. The grapes grow at an average altitude of 350m - 450m above sea level on southwest facing terrains. The soil is composed of clay loam sediments originating from a prehistoric salt lake basin and is rich in calcium.

Price: £49.00 (1 in Stock)

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Chateau Branaire-Ducru , 2003

St Julien, 4th Growth Classification

An outstanding 2003 vintage bordeaux wine from Château Branaire-Ducru.

This fully mature, gorgeous 2003 Branaire Ducru possesses silky tannins, lots of cedary, spice box, floral, black cherry, forest floor and velvety leather-like notes, full body, and an opulent, complex yet elegant style. A beauty of complexity, richness and finesse, it should continue to drink well for another 5-6 years. - 94 points, Robert Parker

Price: £79.95 (3 in Stock)

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Chateau d'Armailhac, 2003

Pauillac, 5th Growth classification

From the very good 2003 vintage, the Chateau d'Armailhac has a ripe, fleshy nose of cooked meats, red-berried fruit, leather and roasted herbs. The wine is medium-bodied, and a mature gamey palate. A little cigar box and firm tannin - good finish.

Price: £69.95 (1 in Stock)

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Chateau Haut Bailly, 2003

Graves Grand Cru Classe

** 90-92 Points (Outstanding ) Robert Parker ***

Reviews:
"Deep ruby/purple with a wonderful nose of roasted herbs and scorched earth, this wine has sweet cherry and black currant fruit notes along with hints of graphite and toasty oak. While pure, rich, and more powerful than usual, it remains elegant and precise, characteristics of this stylish wine. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2023.

This property is making impressive wines under the new administration of American Robert Wilmers backed up by his winemaking team led by Veronique Sanders. I have consistently had a tendency to underrate the wines young since they are relatively delicate,

Price: £99.00 (11 in Stock)

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Chateau Pontet Canet, 2003

Pauillac 5me Cru Classe

95 / 100 Robert Parker

One of the great successes of the vintage and certainly one of the most profound Pontet-Canets made over the last decade is the 2003. Deep purple to the rim with a glorious nose of scorched earth, black currant jam, smoke, licorice, and roasted meats, it is full-bodied, incredibly powerful, dense, with low acidity but high tannin, broad-shouldered, and savory. This is a stunning, pure, classic Pontet-Canet.

Price: £129.00 (22 in Stock)

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Cotes du Rhone, 2003

Caves de Papes

Côtes du Rhône is a huge appellation in the south of France encompassing 40,300 ha. Plenty of white and rosé wine is produced in Côtes du Rhône but there can be no doubt that red is king. Usually Grenache will dominate the blend (except in the north where Syrah is allowed to be top dog, but these wines are relatively few) and is normally partnered with Syrah and/or Mourvèdre but a further 18 varieties are also permitted! A cheerful example might be light, soft, fruity and easy-drinking, while the finest examples may be full-bodied, concentrated, intense, spicy and ageworthy. But what they all invariably have in common is a fabulous sense of place and lashings of personality and character.

Price: £39.00 (1 in Stock)

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Croft Port, 2003

Vintage Port

A 2003 vintage Port Wine from Croft Port. A medium intensity Port with a garnet core and mahogany rim. A lovely pronounced nose of figs and prunes, with some walnut characters. Also slightly earthy. Good sweet fruit on the palate and a full mouth feel. This is followed by a long, smooth nutty finish. After a 40-year absence, the 2003 Croft was made by the use of traditional treading in stone Lagers. The 2003 reflects the benefits of two years of strict vineyard management with gloriously pure fruit and scents of wild blueberry and crême de more. The purity and expression of fruit persists on the palate, supported by dense but very svelte tannins, culminating in a long finish.

Price: £54.95 (9 in Stock)

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Dow's Port, 2003

Vintage Port

An outstanding 2003 vintage Port Wine from Dow's Port.
Reviews:
"The complex aromatics of the opaque, black-colored 2003 Dow Vintage Port display chocolate, dried oak, black cherries, blackberries, copious spices, and a myriad flowers. This fresh, backward wine offers a medium to full-bodied, deeply concentrated core of spice-laced dark fruits. Softly-textured and seductive in the mid-palate, it boasts abundant layers of candied Damson plums, blueberries, black cherries, molasses, and hints of chocolate before revealing its firm structure. Extremely youthful and primary, this exceptional effort demands patience.

Price: £69.95 (30 in Stock)

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Fonseca Port, 2003

Vintage Port MAGNUM 1.5L

A 2003 vintage Port Wine from Fonseca. This is a rare Magnum format from Fonseca. They produce wine in quintas in the Douro valley, Portugal, where the unique weather and soil conditions produce some of the greatest Port Wine in the world.

Fine deep colour with brick red edge. Good depth of nose, sweet and harmonious, some spirit on the nose, rich, soft touches of dark chocolate and cherry (cherry tomato). Harmonious, elegant wine, some fine structure with exciting hints of spice and mint, very focused fruit, soft. A delightful Vintage Port now with good tannins to take it to old age. Appears softer than usual.

Price: £175.00 (3 in Stock)

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Fonseca Port, 2003

Vintage port

A Port Wine from the outstanding 2003 vintage from the Fonseca quintas of the Douro valley, Portugal. One of the greatest wine regions in the world. Scoring 95+ points.

"Wild aromas, with flowers, blackberries and passion fruit. Full-bodied, massive on the palate. Medium-sweet. The finish goes on for minutes. A mega young Port. Fonseca. What do you expect?. 95 - 100/100 points." - James Suckling, Wine Spectator - Apr-05

Price: £69.95 (1 in Stock)

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