2003 Antoine Jobard Blagny La Piece Sous le Bois 1er Cru SKU #1350203

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Tasting Notes

Allen Meadows writes: "The father and son team of François and Antoine Jobard report that 2003 was 'very difficult. We got hit hard by frost in our upper level wines, particularly in Genevrières. The vintage was also quite problematic in terms of trying to choose the right date to begin picking, especially when you see most of your neighbors already out there harvesting. We chose to wait until September 3rd to begin simply because the grapes, at least by our estimates, were not ripe. There was a storm on August 28th and I think this did a lot of good, not only by giving the vines a drink but also because temperatures declined almost 10° C overnight. This meant that we were able to bring in fruit that was less susceptible to immediate oxidation. Sugars were good too at around 13.5% and while acids were low, we didn't touch them. We did about the same level of bâtonnage that we always do, which is essentially not at all. Further, I see no reason to rush the mise either as they continue to evolve positively in barrel though we won't wait until July as we normally do.' I have to take my hat off to the Jobards as once again they have crafted superbly pure and altogether lovely wines that transcend the vintage. Of course they do that almost every vintage but it's especially impressive in such a difficult vintage as 2003."

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