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2003 Vin Gris

Strawberry aromas combined with a nutty toastiness remind one of aged Blanc de Noir Champagne. Very pale salmon and copper in colour with a rich mouthfeel and dry finish makes this an intriguing and complex wine. A unique and interesting style of wine, similar to a pale dry rose.

Tasting Date: 24th March 2016

Still bags of life in this vintage, like the 01 it reminds one of a base wine for a blanc de noir Champagne. Reduction adds complexity rather than dumbs the wine, the Pinot characters come through clearly. This is very fresh and ageing has added complexity rather than robbed the wine. Very enjoyable.

2003 Vintage

Perhaps what we would call a more typical growing season, though positively balmy compared to 2004 and 2005. Very cold weather in spring resulted in slow spring growth yet amazingly frost damage free. The warm and settled December provided excellent conditions for a successful flowering resulting in a large crop. This was followed by a typical warm to hot February and March (very dry), which evened growth and ripening. An unusual series of frosts in early to mid-April slowed ripening allowing hang time without the usual rapid sugar accumulation we can sometimes experience. Harvest started on April 6. Again a saignee (Vin Gris) was performed to re-balance the skin to juice ratio. The 2003 vintage can be quite easily compared to 2001 and 1999.

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2003 Vin Gris

Strawberry aromas combined with a nutty toastiness remind one of aged Blanc de Noir Champagne. Very pale salmon and copper in colour with a rich mouthfeel and dry finish makes this an intriguing and complex wine. A unique and interesting style of wine, similar to a pale dry rose.

Tasting Date: 24th March 2016

Still bags of life in this vintage, like the 01 it reminds one of a base wine for a blanc de noir Champagne. Reduction adds complexity rather than dumbs the wine, the Pinot characters come through clearly. This is very fresh and ageing has added complexity rather than robbed the wine. Very enjoyable.

2003 Vintage

Perhaps what we would call a more typical growing season, though positively balmy compared to 2004 and 2005. Very cold weather in spring resulted in slow spring growth yet amazingly frost damage free. The warm and settled December provided excellent conditions for a successful flowering resulting in a large crop. This was followed by a typical warm to hot February and March (very dry), which evened growth and ripening. An unusual series of frosts in early to mid-April slowed ripening allowing hang time without the usual rapid sugar accumulation we can sometimes experience. Harvest started on April 6. Again a saignee (Vin Gris) was performed to re-balance the skin to juice ratio. The 2003 vintage can be quite easily compared to 2001 and 1999.