2003 Verdignan Rouge, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1053187 Wine Spectator

 Aromas of toasted oak and blackberry follow through to a full-bodied palate, with chewy tannins and lots of flavor. Give this time to mellow. Best after 2007.  (3/2006)

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2013 | Send Email
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I get a kick out of how most of my colleagues and many wine writers talk about how extreme (cold to hot to very hot) the “historic” weather conditions during the summer of 2003 were in Bordeaux (and Europe). Look at where many of the alcohol levels of the wines of 2009 are, particularly the Right Bank (14.5% to 15+% ABV), and we need to ask ourselves, “What are they talking about?” This 2003 Gem is sitting at 13% ABV and provides lush, viscous, complex, silky fruit on the palate, lovely aromatics of currants and cassis, with an almost earthy undertone, an excellent core of well-integrated fruit, and a finish that is long, warm and satisfying. Rusty has informed me that this Gem will be one of our house reds for the month.
Drink from 2013 to 2018

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/13/2011 | Send Email
The 2003 vintage, which broke heat records all through Europe, was a darling of the wine press, but most of the wines came across too ripe for me. This is an exception, and a fantastic value. This is big Bordeaux, with lots of body, texture and tannin, yet it is still fresh and vibrant. I am looking forward to steak frites night at home as this Verdignan is just the bottle for rib eye in the cast iron and potatoes fried up in left over duck fat!
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2011 | Send Email
A perfect vintage for this property, which makes big shouldered wines. The ultra ripe 2003 is perfect. Tons of red currant fruit on the nose with an immediate palate impression of sweet, ripe red fruits. Plenty of substance for a few years in cellar, but very good right now.

Staff Image By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2011 | Send Email
This wine literally flew out the door when we last had it in stock. Ripe and expansive on the nose and palate, with a good fat middle and a long mineral-driven finish. A big hit in my neighborhood!

Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2010 | Send Email
If you are looking for a drink-now traditionally styled left-bank Bordeaux, look no further than the 03 Verdignan. 03 was a hot vintage, and there's loads of flavor on the palate to show for it. Bottle development has added futher complexity to the flavors on the palate and the finish. You'll be hard-pressed to find a bottle of this caliber and breeding for under $15.

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/25/2010 | Send Email
In the January Bordeaux tasting in Hollywood this was the favorite value wine and the most purchased. At only $15 it is a great introduction to Bordeaux. On the nose blackberry dominates with a bit of oak in the background. The ripe mouthfeel is black fruit, cassis, oak spice and a little earthiness. The cassis finish is of good length with a touch of astringency while the tannins are a bit gritty and chewy.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/10/2010 | Send Email
This is a great bargain from the much hyped and super fruity 2003 Bordeaux vintage. Rich and chewy, this full-bodied wine has ripe blackberry fruit, sweet toasty oak, touches of spice and earth and great structure. Drink this fruity super value now and over the next decade.
Drink from 2009 to 2019

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/5/2010 | Send Email
Chateau Verdignan is a small property of 60 hectares excellently situated on gravel soils in Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne, close to the Gironde River just north of the appellation of St-Estephe. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot. We are fortunate at the moment to have several different vintages available. The 2003 Chateau Verdignan shows off the ripeness of the vintage. On the nose, ripe blackberry fruit with a soupçon of well-seasoned oak. In the mouth ripe plum, black currant and cassis. The wine is richly textured with a thick, mouth-coating appeal. Lush, sensual, hedonistic. No need to delay gratification here. This is a wine to enjoy tonight.

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