Random purchase by wife when in France, turned out to be a winner, and none too soon. Next year I'd be complaining about it being over the hill. Very nice. Perhaps a bit too much toast on the oak, but otherwise well balanced and lovely with wine.
The nose on this bottle is mute, which maybe attributed to travel shock. In the mouth, slightly bitter, medium bodied set of flavours, with a bit of spice and tobacco to compliment the fruit. Not the heavy, plummy flavours you would expect from the vintage. Nothing exciting but correct for the price I paid
Given the reputation of the vintage, and the 89 from Parker, this wine (which is drinking really rather well now, could go a little longer, though probably won't hold up the 15 years Parker gives it), can be had for a song, often less than the current release. It smells a little older than it is, with some black tea, cedar and herbs on the nose. Blackcurrant-y fruit in the mouth. Tannins feel a little disjointed, maybe, but the finish is really great with juicy fruit and minerality to boot. It's a very nice wine for the price, and I give it 2 thumbs up!
This really is starting to show the characteristics of the 2003 vintage, namely that it produced big wines without the necessary structure to age beyond a few years - at least down at the level of wines like this. Decent enough fruit but it is warm and round and sweet without anything to stop it feeling like a woolly pair of socks. Drink now.
Really quite nice...a reasonable degree of ripeness for the vintage. Some coarse tannins are slightly obtrusive, but the fruit (cherry more than currant or dark berries) is ample, with some cedary notes and minerality. Good freshness for an 03 and fairly evolved for an 8 y.o. Bordeaux.
Ruby red. Bright raspberry fruit on the nose with a little cedar and a ferrous/iron note. Elegant and minerally on the palate; pencil shavings and flinty stone, backed up with soft blackberry and cherry fruit.
Although still very young, this Carbonnieux drinks very nicely now. Herbs and earth on the nose, yet elegantly balanced and mineral in its taste with very refreshing tannins. A very good effort for this extreme vintage.
Found this to be in excellent shape. Classic Bordeaux. Fragrant nose was full of black fruits and earth. Medium to full bodied palate had well integrated tannins, plenty of fruit and a nice, lingering finish.
Tasting note from memory. A mainstay of my cellar, this provides good drinking at a reasonable price. Drinking well now - I thought it would be too young. Good grip and fine, earthy tannins with just enough acidity to keep this wine from being too fruity and cloying. Some crunchy pepper on the palate but this is quite a rich, dark wine. I'm not convinced all of the 2003's will age well so I am reasonably happy to have tried one of these at a reasonably young age. Will keep the others for 2-5 years and let them start to develop more deeper secondary characteristics. Obviously will keep much longer but will the fruit overwhelm the acidity and tannins? The dilema of the 2003 vintage..... Overall very good.