2003
Wine and Port

2003 Wine and Port

2003 Wine Vintage Report

2003 Vintage Port :

A general declaration of vintage, the 2003 produced classic Vintage Port. This year's wines have great traditional tannic structure with attractive ripe fruit flavours.

2003 Italian :

In Piedmont, as elsewhere, the heat wave shrivelled grapes and resulted in some unbalanced musts, although the oldest vines in Barolo and Barbaresco managed to withstand the weather and yield some exceptional wines. As for Tuscany, very difficult heat wave conditions were felt in all but the highest vineyards of Chianti Classico. For this reason, Tuscan 2003 wines tend to be fairly unbalanced.

2003 Bordeaux :

The hot summer months of June and July, followed by an August heatwave, set the Bordeaux 2003 wine vintage apart from recent years. On tasting, the tannins are rather prominent in many wines. Many of the wines, particularly on the left bank, are very 'new world' in style, frequently displaying super-ripe blackberry, plum and cherry characteristics. Sauternes also showed well, with a number having very good freshness alongside a rich weight of residual sugar and botrytis (noble rot). A 2003 Bordeaux, whether dry or sweet, would make a brilliant 16 year old wine gift for an anniversary celebration this year.

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2003 Bahans Haut Brion

*** 92 Points - Robert Parker ***
The second wine, the 2003 Bahans Haut-Brion (before the name change to Le Clarence) shows complex unsmoked cigar to
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2003 Brunello di Montalcino

Deep, brilliant garnet colour with a complex bouquet of cherry, prune, mint and sweet tobacco. Very full-bodied, silky with an impressively long and pleasantly fruity aftertaste.
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2003 Chateau Caronne St Gemme

Good Haut Medoc property situated just south of Chateau Lagrange on the fringe of St Julien commune.


Pale red in colour, fading to garnet. On the nose still some fruit left mainly red fruit, leather, tobbaco and earth.
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2003 Chateau Du Glana

Chateau du Glana has a lot of rustic appeal. Nose of red berry and pencil shavings. Good mouthfeel - typical mature Bordeaux with tertiary characteristics.
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2003 Chateau Haut Mayne

A lovely medium yellow and young looking. A lovely full-bodied, copious glycerine, fine acidity and hugely thick mouthfeel. fantastic palate of apricots, pineapple, galliano and honey.
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2003 Chateau Palmer

*** 90 Points Wine Spectator ***

The 2003 Palmer exhibits an evolved style along with a deep ruby/purple-tinged color, sexy, complex aromatics, and medium body.
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2003 Chateau Rauzan Gassies

This dense purple-colored 2002 offers up a sweet perfume of black cherry liqueur intermixed with cassis, graphite, licorice, and incense. Full-bodied
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2003 Chateau Rieussec

97 points James Suckling
So rich and powerful with so much dried apricots and citrus aromas and flavors. Caramel and toffee. Full and very sweet. Amazing.
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2003 Chateau Yquem

*** 94 Points - e robert Parker ***

Ch. d'Yquem reported 2003 as the hottest year since 1896, the previous hottest being the 1976 which provided a superb wine with excellent botrytis which is now showing at its best.
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