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Date Printed: 4/24/2014
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2003
Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2003
(search item no. 90720)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot

This wine follows the "classic" style blends that Glen Carlou has been making from their first vintage in 1989. The 2003 vintage is a big, rich wine with fruit forward character and ripe tannins.

Deep ruby red with a purple tinge in color with aromas of cloves, sandalwood, and fresh cassis berries, and dark brambly fruit, this wine has ripe tannins with intense fruit reminiscent of black berries. The wine finishes long and full in the mouth with excellent balance.

The classic wine structure will allow the wine to mature well for at least 10 years, but it is also ideal to drink now with rich food and red meat dishes.

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About Glen Carlou:

Glen Carlou was established in 1985, and since 2003, Glen Carlou has been solely owned and operated by Hess Family Estates. Glen Carlou is located in the picturesque Paarl Valley in the Cape Winelands in South Africa. They enjoy a Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. An exciting variety of slopes and the riches of their soils create unique winegrowing conditions, while judicious vineyard practices ensure the cultivation of healthy flavorsome grapes reflecting the inherent characteristics of their terroir.