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 18 year old wine gift for an anniversary celebration this year.

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2003 Chateau d'Armailhac

From the very good 2003 vintage, the Chateau d'Armailhac has a ripe, fleshy nose of cooked meats, red-berried fruit, leather and roasted herbs. The wine is medium-bodied, and a mature gamey palate.
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2003 Chateau d'Aurilhac

This 2003 red wine from Chateau d'Aurilhac has a beautiful bouquet with dark berries and autumn impressions. On the palate juicy dark berries, ink, liquorice, a firm amount of sweetness and good acidity.
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2003 Chateau Mouton Rothschild

*** 95+ Points - Parker ***

Reviews: "Backward, powerful, and extremely tannic, the dense purple-colored 2003 Mouton-Rothschild, a blend of 76% Cab
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2003 Chateau Rollan de By

From the excellent 2003 vintage the 2003 Rollan de By has plum compote and figs, but also leather and roasted aromas. Full-bodied and balanced with silky tannin structure.
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2003 Chateau Caronne St Gemme

A 2003 vintage bordeaux wine from Ch√Ęteau Caronne St Gemme. Good Haut Medoc property, situated just south of Chateau Lagrange on the fringe of St Julien commune.
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2003 Chateau Rauzan Gassies

A wonderful 2003 vintage bordeaux wine from Chateau Rauzan Gassies. Beautiful bouquet with red and dark berries, some earth, cigar box and a pleasant touch of barnyard.
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