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2003 Ch. Haut Mazeris, Canon-Fronsac

2003 Ch. Haut Mazeris, Canon-Fronsac

Red | Drink now | Haut Mazeris | Code:  979 | 2003 | France > Bordeaux > Fronsac | Cab.Sauvignon Blend | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 12.5 % alcohol

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91/100

PARKER - The 2003 Haut-Mazeris - Fronsac exhibits aromas of blackberries, blueberries, charcoal, and graphite in its fat, exuberant, flamboyant personality. This is a phenomenal sleeper of the vintage!
88-91/100 pts. (Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - April 2004)

WA - The compelling 2003 Canon-Fronsac is a modern-styled claret revealing loads of chocolate and creamy toasty oak giving it an espresso roast-like character. This dense purple-colored, flamboyant wine possesses sweet tannin, a voluptuous, opulent personality, full body, and loads of concentration. A sleeper of the vintage, it can be approached now, but will probably hit its peak in 3-4 years and last for 12-15.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - 24/04/2006

The Producer

Haut Mazeris

Haut Mazeris

The Grape

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

The Region

Fronsac

Fronsac

Fronsac and its premium wine sub-appellation Canon-Fronsac lie in a serene landscape on the northern banks of the Dordogne, to the east of Libourne. Due to its proximity to that town and, thus, the presence of the major houses of Pomerol (most notably Jean-Pierre Moueix), the wines are considered to offer a good-value alternative to that appellation. In fact, in terms of style, the wines probably have more in common with St Émilion, having a fresh, crisp-fruit profile from clay and limestone soils, dominated by Merlot.

Only about half a million cases are produced in Fronsac, with Canon-Fronsac, from vineyards only around the villages of Fronsac and St Michel de Fronsac, contributing a further 150,000 cases. J-P Moueix owns or manages several properties in the region, the renowned oenologist Michel Rolland owns Ch. Fontenil, and Ch. du Gaby is also highly recommended.

Recommended Châteaux : Ch. Fontenil, Ch. du Gaby, Ch. Canon

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