There wasn't much wrong with this wine, but as far as 50 bucks for a bottle goes, not even close to worth it. Dull. Had the Atreus brunello right before, and it killed this bottle, for the same price. Go with a different saint estephe if you want to try something from that appellation.
Slow-oxed this for about four hours and it sang right from the first pour. Beautiful, powerful aromas of berries, flowers and leather fill the glass. Medium-to-full-bodied and bursting with delicious plum and dark currant fruit flavor. There's excellent depth and focus to the mid-palate. Notes of leather, spice and the unmistakable St. Estephe minerality grace the long, complex finish. The tannins are nicely integrated. Not a big wine, but chock full of Left Bank character. The terroir really shines through here. In its prime right now and drinking beautifully. 50+5+13+16+7=91
What a difference food makes with this wine ... as to be expected for a Bordeaux, I suppose. Some light fruit on the nose. Not sure I got the "long, caressing finish" as noted by WS, but enjoyable all the same. Score [50 + 5 + 12 + 16 + 7 ] = 90.
Decanted for 1.5 hours and served with braised pork loin. Iron, tobacco, black currants on the nose. On palate, medium body, plum, stewed red fruit profile, currants, medium+ acidty and medium finish. Better with food. Would not buy again given where this is priced in Atlanta ($40+). 89-90.
Decanted for almost two hours. Throwing a fair amount of sediment. St. Estephe wines have a tendency to be lean, rustic, and tannic when young . My last tasting of this four plus years ago did not excite me. Much to my surprise this was was borderline IMPRESSIVE. It was tasted alongside the 2009, which seems to have gotten great reviews to date. Very perfumed nose, and complex aromas, clearly an aged Bordeaux, mostly spicy red currants and all red berries and fruits, with tobacco, and lots of earthiness. Had I not known the Appellation, I would have guessed St. Julien or Margaux. Nicely balanced, approachable and smooth. Great finish. This has developed nicely, seems to be drinking at peak and is excellent. Good for another 3-5 years.
The color was dark red. There was no bouquet. When first opened the wine was unbalanced with significant oaky overtones, that I found unusual for this type of wine. I recently drank a bottle of the 2009 and in comparison the 2009 was fruiter with a nicer tanin base. As often happens, the 2003 was drunk over two nights, after being stored under vacuum. The second night the 2003 was softer and had better balance, it tasted like a typical Left Bank Bordeaux. Verdict -- if the bottle I drank was typical, the 2003 would benefit from decanting and some air exposure before drinking.
pull this out to have with rigatoni with tomato sauce, thinking it would be on the lighter side of cab based Bordeaux - but it was significantly heavier and sweeter than I expected - almost to the point of being pruny like an overextracted zin. Still good, but not very complex.
This seems to have more depth and character than Ch. Ferrière 2003 which we had a few days ago. It has quite intense fruit with a touch of marmite and good length. This is drinking well now but has plenty of life.
Tender, plumy tones dominate the aroma, with blackberry and blackcurrant showing as well. Faint floral tones, a hint of pencil shavings, and a mix of forest floor and fallen leaves combine with a spin in the glass.
Ripe and plush, with a red currant and cherry tone, the palate starts off bright and intriguing. Violets and dark chocolate blend with wild honey and tones of dried blueberries and butter toffee. This is an impressive wine, with an interesting amount of complexity, and a fascinating depth. Well integrated, with nicely balanced delicate tannins, this is a wine worth trying.
Like the last bottle, WOW. I was so dissappointed when I tasted my first bottle a few years ago, but with a little time, this is outstanding! Lots of cedar and a little bit of oak on the palate. Nice fruit in the middle and refined soft tannins at the end.
Drank after a 1 hour decant. Soft, round red fruit upfront. Currant, raspberry, a little cocoa. Some dusty tannins. A little closed in the midpalate, but good overall balance. Hold next bottle for a year or two.
This only serves to demonstrate how unpredictable 2003s are. I tasted this 3 years ago and there was not a hint of any grip, be it tannin or acidity. Now it is packed with it! Tarry oaky nose with plenty of cedar launches you into a wall of primary tannin. There's enough greenness to give the St estephe typicity too. Acidity and a little sweetness ease the finish. Bury your remaining bottles for 5-10 years.
Basically it is closed in the first hour. Open up a bit afterwards, very typical St Estephe, dirt, dark chocolate, medium to full body. Nose is not strong. Spice, mint aftertaste with medium finish. Perhaps St Estephe is not my cup of tea but I really could not feel the elegance as in other left bank wines. It is a bit sweet perhaps due to the vintage. However, the price is very good to say the least.
Un St-Estèphe issu d'un millésime chaud avec une trace d'évolution à l'oeil. Au nez cassis, cerises, mines de crayon et terre avec une touche de tabac, un nez tout de même classique. En bouche c'est mûr, avec des tannins assagis. Un léger creux en milieu de bouche par contre.
Shy nose of currants. Palate was very round, but not quite jammy, with just a hint of dry tannins on the finish with an hour of air. palate with currants and blackberry, with a touch of funk and cedar and a lovely medium length finish with coffee, smoke, and gritty tannins. A good wine, I think at peak, as it doesn't seem to have the acidity to age. Still is a delightful plush bdx that it approachable out of the bottle. Good to drink up while waiting on '05 to come around. After a few days open the nose showed touch of funk with a fine green tone, what I find is typical of St Estephe. Held together nicely over that time.
Nice aromatics which included cassis, cigar box, and a hint of dark fruit..On the palate this bordeaux was pretty straight foward and somewhat thin..I got some tobacco, pencil shaving but very little fruit..Good acidity and decent balance but nothing really stood out in this wine. Not bad for the price though...cheers!!
Good, ripe, brooding Bordeaux with excellent balance. Great midpalate and finish. Pleasant tannins, well defined acidity surrounded by dark fruit, leather, smoke and hints of tobacco. Very obvious milk chocolate or even hot chocolate/cacao flavors. Oak is very much in check. The wine was decanted for 2 hours. Drink now with decant or keep for couple more years. Btw, when I said ripe, I meant it in relative terms. Alcohol is only 12.5%.
Initially, rather austere and earthy with some dryish tannin masking the fruit. However, it did open out somewhat and became a little richer. Not as voluptuous as some 2003s, but perhaps it needs time to ripen up.
Tasted after the wine had been decanting for 6+ hours.
Garnet in the glass. Highly aromatic, nose of cigarbox, glycerin, and cassis. Abundant flavor of cherry, cassis, cedar, and spicy vanilla. Velvety tannins on the finish. Quite tasty. Perfect balance, long finish.
Too much tough leather and tannins for me. Nose hints that there might be something more but it's not really that evident. Palate in dominated by the tannins. maybe this wil improve in few years but I'm not convinced there's enough fresh fruit to make this any better.
Fig, raisin and pine needles on the nose. Doesn't sit all that well on the palate - medium-bodied with ripe plum fruits but lacks real depth and freshness. Tannins have a green edge and the acidity is not well knit. Not a successful 2003.
This is really excellent for what it is. Reddish fruits on the nose - raspberry/dried strawberry. On the palate, strikes me as almost more St. Emilion than St. Estephe. Brightish red fruit. Quite tasty but not particularly complex. Modest finish with still some tannin. 3-5 more years should settle it out. Great Bordeaux QPR at as I recall $16.99.
St.-Estephe, Bordeaux, France-"Very, very pure with plum, currant and light spices. Full-bodied, with racy, refined tannins and a long, caressing finish. Pretty and firm. Well done." This CRU BOURGEOIS SUPERIEUR has a great location, between Cos d' Estour
ehhh, ummm, yeaahhh, hmmmm. way awkward and fidgety at first, then after a couple hours decanting, smoothed out. out came some leather, chocolate, some nice fruit, fairly tannic. still find it lacking in something, can't put my finger on it, plus a funky mouth feel, and a leaves something to be desired finish. nice wine, but for mid $20, it'll be the last bottle i buy. however...this may surprise you in 8-10 years. couldn't quite figure this one out, can't say i enjoyed it, but it did have some nice components.
Aromas of raspberries and dark fruit. Flavors of juicy plums and berries, a hint of spice (cinnamon?), and a pleasant, lingering finish. I'm not a big Bordeaux fan, but this is really delicious and accessable.
Perhaps I was expecting more - Licorice nose, very tannic (decanted 6 hours ago by the time of thie writing), black fruits seemed subdued. Acidic. Needs more time, 2 years? 3 years? just hope the fruit holds up.
Big and vibrant, more red than black fruit. Earthy notes over the red berry fruit, eventually a bit of leather. Enough acidity to keep it lively, some substantial tannins for the level (not many good northern Medocs for $16). Probably the best under-$20 2003 Bdx I've tried
Dark purple-hued red. The nose smells of black fruit, expresso, and tobacco. It is expressive but fairly simple at this point and smells slightly green. Very nice taste. Black fruit and licorice. It is very tannic, but delivers good flavor from the attack through the lingering finish. Maybe slightly hot on the finish. I really enjoyed this for the price, and expect that it will drink well for many years given the tannin and structure.
Drank this with the 1996 vintage back to back/side by side. Very tasty rich Bordeaux with some time needed to mellow the tannins and develop the flavors. Leather/Tar/Raspberry/Chocolate flavors followed by the drying tannin at the end, a little bit-ey. Compared to the 1996, this one definately had the same backbone flavor, but harder tannin at the end, and also a distinctive "roasted marshmellow" or caramelized aroma that I really enjoyed. I just bought one bottle, but I'm going back to get more for the cave.