2003 Rol Valentin 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Emilion/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

WA 92-95   WS 92-94   IWC 90   Collector 90
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 92-95

A terrific St.-Emilion, the 2003 boasts blockbuster power and tremendous richness, yet also freshness and surprising elegance for such a hot year. A dense purple color is followed by a glorious nose of espresso roast, sweet blackberry jam, plums, and figs. Full-bodied, rich, and multilayered, with tremendous purity as well as length, it should be drinkable early in life, yet last for 15+ years.

Drink Dates: 2005-2020
Author: Robert Parker

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92-94

Thick and spicy, with lots of fruit, almost jammy but racy. Full-bodied, soft and seductive. This is very serious indeed. Exciting stuff. This small producer makes fine handmade wines.

Author: James Suckling

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

($46-$55) Good deep red-ruby. Captivating aromas of black raspberry, violet, minerals, smoke and nutty oak. Fat, broad and opulent but not overly sweet; manages to retain its typical aromatic quality even in this hot year, no doubt partly due to the fact that this wine gets minimal racking. Wonderfully easy to drink already and probably best suited for consuming over the next seven or eight years.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 90
Author: Dana G77
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/20/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2020
drink well after a 1 hour decant

Average rating: 90, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

518 bottles owned by 104 collectors.

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About This Producer

A favorite from St. Emilion, this wine offers that complex matrix of accessibility and age-worthiness inherent to this appellation. Since Eric Prissette a former football player - European style - bought the property in 1994, there has been an intense focus on producing "the most magnificent, flamboyant, and concentrated wines possible." To that end, the wine sees frequent punch-downs during fermentation, malolactic fermentation and aging in 100% new oak on the lees, and micro-oxygenation. The high caliber of these wines contrasts sharply their thoroughly reasonable prices. This is an 85-90% Merlot production, so expect a plush entry and roundness of palate.

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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