By: Jim Barr |
K&L Staff Member |
Review Date: 8/21/2013
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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.