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Chateau Clos les Lunelles 2003Chateau Clos les Lunelles 2003

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Size: 750ml
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Cotes de Castillon
Producer: Chateau Clos les Lunelles

WA 92 IWC 89-92


"This 21+ acre vineyard planted on a clay and limestone plateau consists of 38-year-old Merlot (80%), Cabernet Franc (10%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%). It was acquired by Gerard and Chantal Perse in 2001, and in less than two years has become the reference point winery for the Cotes de Castillon ... not surprising in view of the commitment to excellence exhibited by the Perses. Made from tiny yields of less than 20 hectoliters per hectare, the blockbuster 2003 tips the scales at 13.5% alcohol. It reveals a peppery, spicy, incense-laced bouquet interwoven with black cherry jam, blackberry, and cassis-like aromas. Full-bodied, opulent, long, rich, and persistent, it is the finest wine I have ever tasted from the Cotes de Castillon. Enjoy it over the next 10-15 years." -Rated 92, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"Full ruby color. Medicinal black cherry and licorice on the nose. Impressively sweet and dense, with this property's characteristic syrah-like gamey nuance complementing flavors of black fruits and bitter chocolate. Superripe but not at all flat. Finishes with huge but ripe tannins (the IPT, according to Gerard Perse, was 102!). Promises to be the best vintage yet for this Cotes de Castillon property." -Rated 89-92, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar