Girolate 2003

Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France

$98.00 $49.99
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Item No. 103224
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • boutique wine
  • RP91
  • WE90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.9%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2006
  • RP90
  • 2005
  • RP92
  • 2001
  • RP91

Winemaker's Notes

Color is deep almost opaque, purplish red, high viscosity, with fuchsia rim. The nose boasts of pure black fruit aromas: blackberry and blackcurrant. The good integration of the wood lifts up all the flavors. Full bodied, yet multilayered it is soft as silk in the mouth. This beautiful wine can be associated with lamb, duck or roasted meats and ideal with mature cheeses (Roquefort, old Gouda, mimolette...

Critical Acclaim

"The flagship, luxury cuvee of 100% Merlot from the innovative, visionary firm of Despagne, Girolate is a cutting edge, amazing tour de force in winemaking. The smoky, chocolaty, espresso, and mocha aromas are interwoven with gorgeous layers of black cherry and berry fruit. This full-bodied, unctuously-textured, layered wine has as much in common with a big Napa Cabernet as it does with a Bordeaux Merlot. Its soft tannin, low acidity, and serious concentration are amazing when you consider its humble pedigree. Enjoy this hedonistic smorgasbord of wonderful things over the next 6-8 years."
91 Points

"The Despagne family returned to tradition with the making of Girolate, planting a vineyard to the former high density, keeping winemaking simple. This is the 2003, the latest release. Reflecting the heat of that vintage, it is soft, textured, rich and spicy, with a southern warmth. Pure superripe Merlot."
90 Points

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Daniele - Washington, DC (read all my reviews)

A deep colored and opaque wine that can be enjoyed alone or with food. Very nice accompanied with cheeses due to its berry aromas but full-body and spicy characteristics.
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Learn About Girolate

Located 12km south of Saint Emilion, Girolate benefits an exceptional terroir. A meticulous work is being done to allow the outstanding aromatic and savoury potential of the fruits coming out of this particular plot. The entire Despagne expertise is being used to reach excellence in every ways. Care for each detail is meant for an out-of-the-way wine that is risking the impossible....

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Learn About Other Bordeaux

A few extra appellations: Bourg & Blaye These two appellations are just across the Gironde river from the Haut-Medoc - a bit northwest of St-Émilion and its satellites. Bourg is the smaller appellation, nestled under the much bigger Blaye. Both have AC status, Cotes de Bourg AC and Cotes de Blaye AC. One step up on the AOC chain is the Premieres Cotes de Blaye AC, producing...

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Learn About Bordeaux Red Blends

Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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