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 Cabernet

The Pighin from the great 2003 vintage is made from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. The wine has aged to produce a garnet core with a clear rim. Lots of oak, leather and tannins remain.
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2003 Chateau Branaire-Ducru

*** 94 Points Robert parker ***

This fully mature, gorgeous 2003 Branaire Ducru possesses silky tannins, lots of cedary, spice box, floral, black c
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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.

The wine is pale red in colour, fading to garnet.
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2003 Chateau La Lagune

*** 90 Points - Robert Parker ***

Reviews;" The 2003 and offerings from La Lagune are the finest back-to-back vintages they have produced in over fifteen years.
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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

Beautiful bouquet with red and dark berries, some earth, cigar box and a pleasant touch of barnyard. On the palate dark berries, chocolate, sweet spices and vanilla.
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2003 Dolcetto

A native black grape variety of Northern Italy grown almost exclusively in the provinces of Cuneo and Alessandria in Piedmont. It is relatively easy to cultivate, although it is susceptible to fungal diseases.
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