Rollan de By 2003

91 points

Medoc, France. 13.5%  70% Merlot/ 30% Cabernet.

A very stylish Cru Bourgeois.  In 2003 this is like a very good St.Emilion or Pomerol, with amazing ripeness of Merlot.  Nice core of fruit without any syrupy sweetness. Well judged coffee-ish oak, again no overt sweetness.  Plenty of soft ripe tannins.

Very attractive, early drinking wine, that should age for a long while too – but no need for this.

 

Jan 2012 update – (5 years later) nice wine, 2003 warm style without fleshy fruit mid-palate.  Drink now, heading downhill.  In comparison the 2005 seems 5+ years younger.

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