Like several for the moderately-priced bottles of ’03 Bordeaux I have opened recently, this is coming to life, perhaps even peaking now. A year ago it was dead, but now it is showing a pleasant balance of fruit, blackberry and some raspberry, and more aged flavors of violets and cigar box. Tannins are soft and smooth. This has matured into a very pleasant bottle of wine at a bargain price, drinking at its peak right now. Highly recommended as a bargain introduction to a great year for Bordeaux.

WHO: Château Cambon La Pelouse
WHAT: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
WHERE: Haut-Médoc, France
WHEN: 2003
HOW MUCH: $20

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