Chateau Saint-Paul’s 2003 Haut Medoc Cru Bourgeois

By | December 4, 2006

I’ve tried a few of Chateau Saint-Paul’s 2003 Haut Medoc Cru Bourgeois over the last six months from Laithwaites. They’ve varied a little, seemingly getting a smidge better, but certainly benefiting from decanting and breathing for an hour or two.

It’s a deep purple colour, with a little softening at the edges. It has strong legs and smells of cherries and spicy vanilla. It’s dry with balanced acidity and soft, ripe tannins.

It tastes warm with rich oaky spice, black cherries, blackcurrants and a little liquorice.

It lasts well in the mouth and works well with roasts, as well as on its own. At £10-12 it’s not an everyday wine, but good to share over a weekend evening.

It would be great if Ribena made a spicy winter blend, tasting just like this and drinkable warm for when I have a cold.

2 thoughts on “Chateau Saint-Paul’s 2003 Haut Medoc Cru Bourgeois

  1. winemonkey

    I think the heat of 2003 benefited alot of wineries. You can usually find better values (i.e. lesser known chteaus) in hot years than in cool years. Keep us up to date on how you feel the vintage is coming along.

    For those that are interested, Chateau Saint-Paul can be found in the states for US$11-14 and any number of retail outlets.


  2. David

    As you know I am not into French wines (sorry but I have been influenced by the longstanding family feud between the French and Italians…) but will try this one. It sounds interesting.

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