Fleur du Cap Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

April 9, 2011
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 1 Comment

Da bomb.

According to The Oxford Companion to Wine (Oxford: 1999), the large-format magnum (1.5 litres) is “widely regarded as being the ideal size for bottle ageing fine wine, being the ideal size to slow the ageing process, but not so big as to be unwieldy, or unthinkably expensive”.

Fleur du Cap is a reliable rather than high-status label but the Cabernet Sauvignon from the magnificent 2003 vintage and out of magnum served with braaied rib-eye and fried potato wedges was stonkingly good last night. Classically styled, it showed dark fruit, fresh acidity and fine tannins. Good for at least another two years.

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  1. ChrisApril 11, 2011 at 9:10 amReply

    Hi Christian, 
    I was fortunate to visit Oslo recently on a quick trip, which included a stop at the Norwegian booze monopoly’s flagship store. One of the things that was very noticeable was the number of magnum (and double magnum) bottles on the shelves. And this was the case across various price points, from entry level Riesling to top end Bordeaux and Burgundy. 
    Chatting to the staff they said that they sell lots of magnums. It is an accepted and normal practice to buy larger bottles if you are going to be having a dinner party or sharing with a few people. They prefer it to taking two bottles. And it works out marginally cheaper it seems.
    Anyway, I thought that was quite interesting.
    Cheers

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