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Several years ago I came across this wine in my local shop, picking up every bottle of the ’95 and ’96 they had ($17). When I saw the ’03 I didn’t hesitate- albeit a tricky vintage, I still thought the wine would be good. J have Deplaedt the case for a while and opened them at yearly intervals. The picture was taken in the summer of a funked bottle, but last night’s example was more in line with my expectations. Whilst no ’95/96, the 2003 is starting it’s descent rather rapidly. The fruit is muting, the tannins very soft but still enjoyable. Unfortunately, this vintage doesn’t have the correct chemistry for a typical Bordeaux lifespan. Drink up if you have any, I give it 3 stars and estimate a pro rating of 85.

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