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2003 d'Angludet, Margaux

SKU #1035451 92 points James Suckling

 Lots of fruit here with ripe currants and blackberries galore. Full bodied, with chewy tannins and a classy finish of selected oak and berries. Needs time to come together, maybe three or four years.  (3/2014)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A sleeper of the vintage, the deep plum/ruby-colored 2003 exhibits a sexy, fragrant perfume of flowers, black cherry jam, licorice, and barbecue spice. Rich, velvety-textured, medium-bodied, charming, and expansive, it should drink well for 10-12 years.  (4/2006)

89 points Wine Enthusiast

 Delicacy and charm often seem to be the hallmarks of Angludet-positive virtues in a world full of alcoholic, powerful wines. This 2003 has perhaps more tannins than usual from small berries, but it retains the property’s elegance. Can be drunk relatively young, but certainly improves over 5-10 years.  (5/2006)

89 points Wine Spectator

 Aromas of currant, berry and cedar follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a caressing finish. Lovely wine. Best after 2010.  (3/2006)

K&L Notes

Barrel sample according to Clyde Beffa, K&L's Bordeaux Buyer: "Purple black color. Intense wine. Big wine with tons of everything and great mid-palate impression. This is a very good value for the vintage. *+" (04/04) The group tasted this on our April 2010 tasting trip and it was showing exceptionally well. Ripe and sweet with fine structure and length.

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/9/2011 | Send Email
Ripe, extracted, structured and rich. You can feel the tannins starting to unwind, but very approachable now, but will benefit from some time in the cellar. Definitely not the flabby fat 2003 that some predicted.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2010 | Send Email
I must admit I have been a bit ambivalent about the 2003 Bordeaux vintage in general (sorry, Ralph). Historically hot weather yielded wines of impressive size and ripeness. For me, though, they do not say "Bordeaux". The 2003 Chateau D'Angludet is an exception. Perfumed, floral nose of crushed violets. Fresh-picked blackberry fruit. Smooth-textured and ripe but without the excesses of many 2003's. Fleshy, with still tooth coating tannins. A well-made, balanced wine. Cellar for another year or two and drink over the next decade.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


Specific Appellation:


- Margaux is the southern most of all of the appellations of the Haut Medoc. Located near St. Julien, it has more cru classe producers than the other four villages of the area. In addition to the legendary Chateau Margaux, there are five second-growths: Rauzan Gassies, Rauzan Seglas, Dufort-Vivens, Lascombes, and Brane Cantenac. While more people are probably familiar with the third growth Chateau Palmer, there are nine other wineries with the same ranking in addition to a trio of fourth growths and a pair of fifth growths. Because Margaux is comprised of five communes… Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Labardes and Arsac, the wines styles are diverse throughout the region with the more masculine tannic wines coming from the Cantenac side of the appellation. Because of a high percentage of Merlot planted in the region, many wines from Margaux are more round, feminine, and exotic that the other appellations of the Haut Medoc.