A bit more quiet than 2 years ago, now you can actually start picking out the grapes on the nose. The 35% Merlot is clearly discernible, but there are not much green cab or lead/pencil shavings. It is all about dark fruit and sweet tannins. Not very typical Bordeaux, but good with food.
Wines that Rock (Craig & Nita's Place): Very dark purple/red color. PNP with a couple of hours of slow-O time. Drank 2 glasses over 2 hours. This was outstanding and drinking in a wonderful already. I would have expected this to need much more air, but no, it was open and beautiful. The nose offers up an intense aroma of sweet intense cassis with a dense layer of blackberry right behind that, graphite, cedar and a floral burst as well. The palate is steeped in this succulent and spellbinding core of layered pure black fruits; cassis, blackberry, kir, graphite, cedar, hints of savory and a long intense finish. Young, vibrant and lush, but restrained and alluring. I'm thrilled to see where this is at and where I think it will go over the next 10 years. 95(+)pts.
Like stepping into a cedar closet filled with cigars, #2 pencils, and cassis, this is the definition of classic Bordeaux. Paired with lamb after a 6 hour decant from magnum, this astounded with dark fruit and perfect balance from start to long - very long -finish. As per so many researched recommendations, the lamb paired perfectly with a bit of game to match the burliness in the glass. Still has time to spare, but with appropriate preparation is ready to elevate your evening right now.
Following wine-strategies' decant advice was invaluable - a nine hour slo-ox after a double decant left this in perfect shape. Both plush and sharp at the same time, lovely depth of blue and black fruits, cedar and graphite but excellent structure too, nothing overblown and no hint of the hotness of the vintage.
Not sure how to rate this. First night not enjoyable at all. Whatever there was was tightly wound inside heavy tannins. Three hours in Riedel Sommeliers bordeaux glasses and never got to enjoyable. Second night (under pump) all nice, soft, fruity, long and balanced. Maybe needs another couple years or lots of hours in decanter.
Double-decanted at 8am, left the cork out and served at 4pm. As with my previous experience here, this is just fantastic. Leaves me at a loss for words as I choose not to formulate a tasting note, but rather to take it all in. This is gorgeous; I want more, lots more. highly recommended
Deep red with violet hues and inky black center. Stunning nose of blackberry, graphite, ink and subtle floral notes. Black fruit notes on the palate with anise, graphite, and mint. Long blackberry finish. All of this supported by mild acidity, grippy tannins and appropriate alcohol (13.5%). The wine in this bottle was really in a good place. Perhaps a little early in the drinking window, but in the window nonetheless. Concentrated, intense, and absolutely beautiful!
This, after 3 hours in the decanter. It did develop in the glass.
I'm a little disappointed after seeing all the high scores on here. Typical northern medoc at first but then the fruit is a little stewed and a bit drying on the finish. Maybe a little unresolved and will improve. This was 1st bottle out of a case so will leave for a few more years before trying again. I seem to consistently find this Chateau the weakest of the 3 Leovilles.
Decanted our deep purple delight for two hours and this lady has climbed to classic in structure without losing her full bodied saturated, luscious mouth feel. Rich black and blue fruit, aromas of clove, nuance of nutmeg, sweet chocolate and roasted coffee, cassis, sweet myrrh, and hyacinth support why this special wine and many St. Julien’s are saints to remember. Finishes like a marathoner.
Strålande som vanligt! Skriver detsamma som när jag drack det för några månader sedan. Helt underbar Bordeauxnäsa. Ett väldigt kraftfullt vin med cassis, mörka körsbär, rostade toner men som nu även börjar få lite mognadstoner med skogsmark, tryffel, tobak, cigarrlåda. Ett komplext och kraftfullt vin som bara blir bättre och bättre för varje gång man dricker det.
PnP and consumed over a 5 hour dinner. Much lighter in color and body than the vintage would suggest. Though, the beautiful nose is filled with very ripe dark, mostly black, fruits over a base of smoke and soil tones. Even with hours of air the mid-palate never filled out completely, but it's still a lovely wine that outperforms the vintage for my palate. Still young, but entering early maturity.
From magnum. Had been open for about 2 hours at cellar temp. Still young, but very tasty. Nose of cedar forest and damp purple fruit. Fruit still present, and was noted on the finish. Medium weight and medium-plus finish.
Definitely smells and tastes of the warmer year, but not scorched or pruney. Very flashy and forward wine, not completely lacking in structure, but quite round and fleshy. Not my favorite, but certainly not qualitatively bad or out of balance.
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot. Rich nose of cassis and baking spice. More black currant in the mouth, which carries through to a minute-plus, dark finish. Big fruit and lots of oak, yet balanced, particularly wonderful acidity (was this vintage acidified?). Good now and for another 8-10 years.
This wine continues to evolve and impress. 5 hour decant then consumed over a 2 hour dinner. Wonderful bouquet and silky smooth, good complexity and tannins although not fully resolved very close. Just hitting its maturity window. Mid palate and 45 second finish exemplary. Have several bottles so it will be a real joy following this wine for the next decade or so....bravo.
Quite dark and youthful in terms of colour, certainly for a 2003, very similar to the 2005 and 2002 in fact. Certainly ripe and sweet nose, but no hints of stewed or confected fruit. On the palate slightly less complexity and depth, quite evolved. Good acidity (especially in the context of the vintage), very good length, there is a bit dryness towards the finish and the fruit seems slightly frail. While certainly great for 2003 I wouldn't keep this for too long. 91-93
Drank this alongside the other 2 Leoville estates of 2003. Decanted for 1.5 hours and consumed over the next 2. It's drinking well, nose opens up after decanting, but not able to hold up against the LLC.
Great color, clearly young. Nice nose with plum, berry and floral notes. None of the heat I was thinking I might get from this hot vintage. Great full palate of black cherry and other dark fruits that really linger. Best wine I've tried from this vintage. Excellent. Can drink now but a few more years in the bottle would smooth the tannins. Long drinking window ahead.
Decanting this for about 5-hours was required to unlock it, and even then there were tannic grippy teeth on this. Hold remaining bottles, this is an 03 that will go some distance.
Nose: Started with a slightly pruney note, but that blew off after a few hours revealing Black Cherry, Ripe Strawberry and Currant notes that were layered with nice oak tobacco and mint notes. Palate: Enters with deep dark red fruits, earth, berry and graphite. The mid palate shows an inkling of how plush this may become over the years. Finish: There is a modest assault of chewy tannin here, but the overriding note is dark blackberry, smoke and sweet oak.
Double-decant for 2h followed by slow-oxing for another 6h. Sweet deep fruit, both red and black, tannins very fine and almost resolved. Spicy mid-palate and a lovely long finish. This wine drinks really very well now, and although it can perhaps gain further complexity there is not all that much reason to hold back - go on, pop a cork.
Dark ruby red and concentrated, with minimal lightening of the edges. Benefited from 2 hour decant. Open nose of dark fruit, blueberries, a little leather, damp earth, and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, rich, mouth-filling and silky. Ripe tannins. Long 60 second finish. Should continue to drink well and improve for 10+ years.
This is rather special. Classic cedar claret, full and ripe, but not at all over-done and, although big, impeccably balanced, with plenty of nuance. There's a huge amount of tannin, but it doesn't stick out at all.
The nose is really intoxicating, red and black berries, vanilla, spice, a hint of flowers and even some cooling mint or eucalyptus. The palate is full of lots of flavors, but the sweet, pure fruit is remarkable. There's definitely some oak, but it's very fine and adds to the whole rather than overwhelming any one element. You get pencil, minerals, some cocoa powder, and spicy complexity, but the fruit is the star here, it's just great. There's some almost silky chocolate cherry in there. I've read mixed reviews on this wine, and can see how people who like their Claret more structure driven or restrained might not love it. It's extremely well made and almost irresistible now, but it should continue to age and evolve positively.
Nice bouquet on nose, roasted forest floor, graphite, coffee bean and sweet smooth tannins. Nice black fruits linger. Tried over 3 days sealed each day in a split with nitro-argon CO2 spray. First day after 2 hour decant: 93, 2nd day: 95, 3rd day: 94
Helt underbar Bordeauxnäsa. Ett väldigt kraftfullt vin med cassis, mörka körsbär, rostade toner men som nu även börjar få lite mognadstoner med skogsmark, tryffel, tobak, cigarrlåda. Ett komplext och kraftfullt vin som bara blir bättre och bättre för varje gång man dricker det.
Double blind, my guess was at least 15 years older than its true age, due to its developed character. Soft, lush, and luscious, there is an array of secondary aromas that really charge you up, with their truffle, forest floor, tobacco, cigar box, cedar, plum and black cherry notes. I do not think this is going to fade sooner than it should, but as the wine is really nice now, why wait to pop a bottle?
Nose was still very restrained, but on the palate this was a dark and stinky wine (in the good sense). Not clear to some tasting it (blind) that it was even a Bordeaux. Delicious, but no sense that it needs to be drunk yet….can continue to age.
Color is dark garnet to the rim. Nose shows somewhat muted cedar, tobacco, and dark fruit. On the palate, cassis and other dark fruit at the fore with spice and wood framing it. On initial opening, acid still noticeable but this mellowed over 3 hours with air. A silky, big wine from a hot year. Enjoyable with a steak and could still age. Good but not profound.
Drinking well, allthough the rich vintage is certainly showing. Very full bodied, broad in its nature with massive notes of chocolate and dark berries. Others will love this wine more than me, and if you disregard the foolish price, there is nothing wrong with this and a good steak ... (at Frederikshøj, Århus, Årets Restaurant)
I am puzzled by this one. Drinking well but not as good as several years ago when I ranked it 99. Don't know if it is working through a dumb phase or slipping away. Tasted alongside 11 big reds. Double decanted 5 hours prior. The next day the wine was over the hill.
Served with beef course at birthday party alongside Phelps Insignia 2002. Although this drank well, I think it would benefit from another year in the cellar or more air next time. Rich, modern style, very good.
I have a young cellar with most of my Bordeaux from '05, 09 and 10 vintages with a few left from '03 so after reading recent tasting notes on the Poyferre I selected this for our 34th anniversary to savor at home. This had been stored in my wine cooler since my wife purchased this in 2006 for our 26th anniversary so she was pleased to see the bottle. Opened for a decant and tannins were very tight so let it sit for 2 hours before we started sampling. At dinner of grilled lamb chops with a red-wine reduction the wine was still very dry and the tannins were strong suggesting that this one needed a lot more time in the cellar. I also was put off by a bit of what I think was Brett on the nose. Usually I don't mind a bit of the funk but in this case it was distracting. We did our best to swirl and coax this wine but she remained pretty closed for the entire evening. Oh well that is why it helps to have a couple of bottles in your collection so you could always hold that next one for a few more years, which this one definitely needed.
Dunkles purpurrot, kräftige Nase mit Mokka, Vanille, süßer Kirschfrucht, Cassis, viel Tabak; am Gaumen mittlere Statur, fein, erdige Töne, unterlegt von etwas Minze; die süßliche Tanninstruktur fein, aber nicht allzu kräftig, gute, lebendige Säure, sehr langer Abgang; Alkohol etwas vorschmeckend, aber überhaupt nicht breit oder undifferenziert! Lecker; Entwicklungspotential schwer einzuschätzen
I have now drank this wine 3 times over the last 2 years - this is a hedonistic, powerful yet elegant wine, balanced, full of fruit and sweet cherries, round integrated tannins. While it's hard not to drink my bottles now, I am more curious to see how this wine develops over the next decade.
Very dark red. Interesting nose, black cherries, a little funk, some dark chocolate, a little Bordeaux funk. Sometimes the nose seemed to have a little roasted notes, but seemed to fade with air. Quite enjoyable palate, dark fruits including black cherries. Just a little sweet, but not at all cloying. Smooth, tannins resolved to a surprising extent for an 11 year old second growth, no doubt due to the ripeness of the fruit from the hot year. Drinking quite well now, not sure whether this will improve further or not. Overall, very nice wine made in a ripe, modern style, very 2003.
Update. Drank the last of the bottle 2 days later after corking and putting in fridge. Drinking very well, maybe even a bit better than on first day. This suggests some air might help a bit, and it also suggests that this will hold/improve for at least a few years in the cellar, maybe longer.
With the 2003 Léoville Poyferré we go all in on "ballpoint pen nose"... Of course this nose gives me a very positive impression, especially when it is combined with fresh plums, a lovely earthiness and dry sun warm flowers. This is a stunning nose! The palate is very elegant and somewhat adds a greenish mint tone to the wine. Of course it is perfectly integrated with silky tannins and very soft acidity. A very elegant effort. With a superb length on the finish, it is for sure one of the more elegant wines I have ever tasted. Wow.
(Tasted in a flight with 1986 Léoville Las Cases, 1994 Phelps Insignia, 2003 Léoville Poyferré and 2003 Cos d'Estournel.)
Explosive nose of cassis, ripe red fruit, cedar box, tobacco leather, cèpes de Bordeaux... taste is very silky tannins, red ripe fruit, good lenght... very nice almost mature claret, will be at it's best in 5-15 years from now!
95 points today, but definitely heading up. I see the excitement in the community. This is drinkable now, but obviously has the stuffing for long term improvement yet to go. Massive but balanced and yet accessible at the same time. Don't see this every day.
Onekligen ett väldigt kraftfullt och fruktigt Bordeauxvin. Söt, mogen mörk frukt, tobak, lakrits och en otroligt lång eftersmak. Är just nu en aning väl dominerande frukt men kommer garanterat blir väldigt mycket mer elegant efter några är.
A friend brought this to dinner. The last time I had this wine 2 years ago I thought it needed time, but this bottle was singing, though perhaps from a warmer cellar. It offered a complex nose, plenty of fruit, and a rich, smooth, lingering finish.
Grippy, well structured - a bit tight after 30 mins still. Cedar, sour cherries, a bit one dimensional but I haven't given her time to unfurl. Classic leoville poyf, but from a hot year. Not exceptional or intriguing.
Opened last night at Bourbon Steak. Due to a cold I wasn't really able to taste/smell properly. Finished it tonight and with a clearer head, this wine was delicious. Opened too young in my opinion, probably should wait another 3-5 years and then has room to run after that.
Light ruby in color, the wine sings with a nose packed with tobacco, black and white cherries, mocha, smoke, licorice and truffle. Soft, plush, round tannins, layers of voluptuous, ripe, sexy dark fruits and spicy, sweet candied cherries create a long, opulent, enticing finish. This is a winner and one of the stars of the vintage in the Medoc!
Le plus concentré de la verticale de 5 millésimes (canicule oblige) tant en couleur qu'en texture en bouche, ce vin est très grand et encore très tannique. Un vin pour le moins viril et qui ne fait pas dans la dentelle. Excellent et qui ne manque pas d'acidité.
17th Annual Lyon 10 Year Retrospective (The Lyon's Tree House): My WOTN, this screams Bordeaux forwards and backwards. Definitely more evolved than the one last year. Cassis, blackberry, cigar box, anise, stone, and forest/earth notes supported by serious but smooth tannins. Has 10+ years. 95 on day 2, none left for day 3!
Beautiful and luxurious and concentrated bouquet with lush black forest fruits and beautiful smoky oak etc. Same on the palate; dark fruits, sweet spices, licorice and even minerals. Beautiful acidity and round tannin. A very luxurious and modern made wine. Early maturity now and definitely still a beauty around 2020+. Really great wine!!
In de dikke geur wat ontwikkelde tonen, maggi, krenten, zoetig, luxe hout. Enorm geconcentreerd zwart fruit, zoete kersen, tabak, chocolade. Zachte tannines, zeer lang aanhoudend. Een waanzinnige wijn!!
Ruby red, viscous, fruit forward, well balanced wine. Not hugely acidic or tannic but can taste the oak. Best drinking now as I don't think it has the structure to really age, but a really lovely drink now.
Probably my favourite 03 Bordeaux to date, just a fantastic wine. Amazing depth and balance, loads of back fruit, olives, mocha and creamy oak. Tannins ripe and unexpectedly quite fine at this stage of its life. Still has quite a primary feel to it but is ageing just brilliantly now.
The wine looks Ruby colored. The legs are Fast. It smells like Black currant (cassis), and Stoniness. It tastes like Blackberry, Mineral, and Cedar. The body is Medium/Full. The wine has Round texture. The wine finishes Medium.
Bordeaux 2003 theme (Leoville Poyffere, Leoville Barton, Lynch Bages, Comtesse, Lagune, Sociando Mallet). They were all the same basically, except for Sociando Mallet which was the cleanest and most typical Bordeaux. All were very marked by the vintage and difficult to taste grape varieties and producer differences. All smelled more of Tempranillo than Cabernet, with the typical black "Spanish Ink" nose. These will never be classic Bordeaux, not now and not in 20 years either. When that is said, these are great wine for food, e.g. steak or grilled meat, as it has lots of power and have a tannin structure which makes them not too cloying to drink.
Much like the last bottle, open for enjoyment despite its youth and is immensely enjoyable. Dark blackberries, mocha, graphite, tobacco. Silky and elegant like a first growth, yet with power behind it. A very sexy wine indeed.
See previous notes. Decanted for two hours. Unbelievably rich and round, then a burst of cassis. Secondary developments of leather, cherry wood; and then the exotic blackberry torrent at the end. Enticingly feminine in terms of overall nuances - a dark, voluptuous and sinuous female, to be honest. Designed for a long study, and also ready to consume. I am evidently passionate about this noir goddess.... Drink now - 2033.
No chance to decant, we poured glasses before dinner and waited 30 mins to try, then drank over next 2 hrs. Nose was exceptional from the start. Wine was very smooth, little if any acid on the front, then the tannins grew more and more leading to a very long finish. For first hour the fruit was too muted for the tannins, only as the evening came to a close did the fruit emerge to balance. At that point very nice as a complement to subtle dinner. Will decant 2 hrs ahead next time. I think this will continue to get more exciting, though I'm not confident in my knowledge of aging Bordeaux. Rated it where it is today.
Birthday dinner gathering with 2003 wines (Hong Kong): Opaque, purple, almost dark in color. It took some time for the wine to open, a trend many quality St Juliens share. Aromas of black fruits, violet, floral, creamy vanilla and smoke. Entry to palate is so smooth, it almost glides straight thru to your throat, wonderfully balanced. 2003 vintage will never turn out to be classic Bordeaux, but some of those great wines are delicious and will please many wine drinkers now and down the road. 2003 LP is a prime example, smooth, balanced, subtle mouth feel, not overriped at all, with structure and tasty tannincs. True enjoyment.
Med deep ruby all the way to the rim. Rather shy on the nose, vanilla, crushed red berries. Med. body. Rather plummy palate with a touch of balancing acidity. Moderate length. Dark berry aftertaste with some oak left. Tannic, but quite ready.
A balanced wine of gentle force and and lingering anticipation for a cold, clear early-spring day. A deep, seductive nose leads to a well-textured and structured wine with approachable, but still restrained, mature fruit. The finish lingers, leaving you imagining what must be beneath that heavy blanket of midpalate. Requires hours in the decanter.
decanted over 30 min. the wine had a weird burning sensation on tongue. it felt a lot like cheap wines that go thru wood chips instead of proper oal barrels. very disappointed, this is not ok for a gran cru classe bordeaux. not buying this again and don't recommend.
Vinetasters-2003 Bordeaux (Holiday Inn, Niles IL): Nose: This was wound a bit tight, but there were deep and richer tones of dark red fruits, cedar, tobacco, black cherries, and some kirsch. The pedigree of the wine is there, but it took a few go's to get everything.
Taste: Medium bodied with very chewy tannins. The tannins were overpowering and the youth is very apparent, but there are really good tones of dark red fruits, tobacco, cedar, black cherries, and spice box tones.
Overall: This was my no.5. This bottle was just extremely young and wasn't ready for prime time. I can't wait to see where this is down the road when it's actually ready.
- Ruby color with medium forming legs and aromas of bell pepper, cut green grass, blackberry, peach and prune. It's balanced and has flavours of soy sauce, butterscotch, black pepper, orange blossom and mushroom with a medium/full body. Polished texture with a long finish - This is super wine. Opened after 3hrs decant. It sings from your glass. Just starting to open and has many many years of long life. Yummy
Decanted for 4 hours before drinking. Big tannins still overpowering lots of fruit underneath. Even aged prime rib couldn't counter act. Lots going on there, but could need quite a few more years before ready.
Drunk a week or so ago. Despite my high rating I am just a smidge disappointed. First full bottle of high end Bordeaux and perhaps I was expecting a little more. No notes taken but I recall the nose being outstanding, the palate being rich and smooth and with a few hours decanting the wine was plush and enjoyable to drink....but....and perhaps I'm weird....it did remind me a lot of a very good Margaret river cabernet and didn't quite have the additional quality or X factor I was hoping for to lift it a level above. I think i wanted more personality...more spice, more tobacco, more green vegetal aspect. 2 more bottles, I will try again in 5 years......very, very good however.
Consumed on New Years Eve. This is drinking well now as are most 03's. The nose has cassis, leather, a bit of green tobacco. On the palate, a lush texture. Delicious. Not ripe, hot or anything else you might be worried about in 03. Cassis with some funk and a bit of brown tobacco. Long finish. Outstanding wine.
Had the 2002 and 2003 together. The 2002 had a classic Pauillac nose of herbs, cedar, black currants and cassis. Medium body and goo balance. Easy to drink, and very fresh to be 10 years old, but still some tannins left. The 2003 had a more Merlot dominated nose, almost new world, hedonistic, but less elegant and less in balance. More full bodied, but still a bit closed. Needs more time, but I doubt this will ever be a classic Bordeaux.
Popped & poured with prime rib Xmas dinner after our planned Barolo was found to be corked. The poyferre was tight to start & not offering much. Over the course of an hour it slowly opened up and although the bouquet still failed to open up the palate revealed subtle dark fruits with dominant notes of pencil lead & graphite. There was a medium body with a medium finish highlighting notes of menthol & mint. My sister couldn't get over barnyard notes on the finish which I failed to pick up. Although it was interesting I was expecting a little bit fuller body & fruit profile with 2003 being a hot year.
A sexy wine that combines power and elegance. Fragrant almost floral bouquet, inky black-as-night colour, lush sweet black wild fruit, definitely forward but its sweetness is different from Napa's and to me something distinctly bordeaux. Silky smooth, spice, sandalwood, hints of earth and tobacco. The finish was initially tight and short but after an hour of air it opened up a lot. A bit low in acidity yet finishes strongly. Ultimately the style remains slightly modern for me but yet it was impressive and utterly enjoyable with some air right now.
PHMG WAG: #100 (Chez Lyon in Eugene, OR): This was still a bit tight and definitely the most austere wine of the night. Yet the depth of black fruit and the tannins portend well. It's very muscular and fun to drink even at this stage. Hints of smoke, tar, cigar box, and earth just add to the layers and depth. Next one in a year.
Just a terrific wine with a long life ahead but which is so drinkable now. Beautiful depth and fantastic texture, gorgeous flavours of bacon fat, cedar, ripe blackcurrants, smoke and five spice. Lovely rounded profile without aggressive tannins. Lived up to expectations for me.
Nose of dark red fruits, violets, hint of cedar, profound palate of blackberry and other dark red fruits, graphite, spice, and long robust finish. Acceptable acidity, perhaps even remarkable balance given plush fruit driven wine consistent with 2003 vintage. I suspect the fruit will outlast the acidity.... Drink up and enjoy it now for the bold Bordeaux it is.
Souper Bordeaux 2000-2003 Joli nez frais très Médoc (j’aurais dit Pauillac mais comme j’excluais Pontet, j’ai cru à Montrose) cassis mine de crayon, cèdre. La bouche est racée, d’un magnifique équilibre, affichant droiture et finesse, avec une belle fraîcheur. Wow! Ce groupe commence fort, grand vin. 95 pts
100 RP BYO Tasting (Restaurant AOC): The nose is a bit restrained compared to the 09 but still has plenty of plum fruit, coffee and black pepper. As the wine gets more air it shows more and more complexity. Sweet plum palate with a core of iron. Quite dry tannins but still dense, and powerful with a lot of flavor intensity. Great stuff :-)
This hit its stride after about 30 minutes of air time. Definitely a little forward for LP, but still with a good measure of elegance and finesse. Classic Bordeaux nose of dark red fruits wrapped with smoke, vanilla, cedar, and violets. Medium bodied palate, with the fruit slightly up in the mix, some good sour freshness, and tannins mostly resolved but showing a spine that should see this drinking well through the mid-term (5+ years). Medium finish with soft intensity.
First Day of Autumn with Friends (Lake Forest IL): Big and sweet black fruit aromas with plenty of oak and liqueur hints. Very engaging black fruit on palate with a fat, lush character. If tasted blind, I could have thought this New world based on its lushness, but there is a classically Bordeaux elegance on finish. Still, this is very "2003"...not my favorite vintage. Others liked this more than I did today.
Decanted for one hour, drank over one hour. Wow this is big. Deep black fruit with coffee and caramel on the nose. Woodspice as well. Sweet full red and black fruit on the palate. Big in the mouth and velvety texture. This is very forward and surprisingly approachable. Very modern. Long finish. Tannin is there for sure but easily matched by the big sweet fruit.
Yes it's extremely delicious and a joy to drink with a steak. No it's not really what I want in a Bordeaux. While it had that Medoc graphite, it tasted more like a pricey Napa cab. Very fruit forward and juicy, with cassis, chocolate, and dark berries. I expect more prunes with age, so why not pop, pour, and enjoy now before the structure collapses.
03 Bordeaux (Pavie, Poyferre, Troplong) (Out to dinner): Splash decanted for about 30 minutes. This is also much younger than I had been led to believe. Perhaps it never shut down, but it is a baby and need 5 to 10 to approach maturity IMO. A nose of cassis, leather, some dust and the slightest celery note. Full bodied. Tight, but unwinds a bit in the glass. Firm tannins. Lots of juicy fruit on the palate. Blueberry, cassis, a streak of graphite. Balanced with a long finish. Should improve by a point or three, I am holding for now.
Mind bogglingly good wine. I popped and poured this over dinner with a pal and we drank it over the course of about 3 hours. Started out big, bold, and brawny with the Cabernet really shining through. Because it has so much fruit, it was initially vaguely reminiscent of a CA Cab, but with time, the nuances began to show beautifully. Saddle leather, cigar box, chocolate, earth. Ultra pure wine that just sails across the palate and into the finish. Glad to have 2 more. While the current retail price is pretty steep (~$150), it was a great QPR at the time of purchase (about $50). Highly recommended.
Totally black. Decanted for 2 hours. Very forward nose of black fruit, espresso, writing ink, and fresh black currants. The palate was less "big" than the nose. Less dense and actually quite elegant. Not much harmony between nose and palate, but very good nevertheless. I would not have guessed Bordeaux, but rather Spanish (Vega?) from the nose alone.
First bottle of my case (and my first Medoc 2003 tasted). Wonderful expressive sweet fruit nose at opening. I just swirled and smelled for 5 minutes. Aromas of cassis, mushroom, and dark fruits. Great now...does it have the structure for the very long haul? I am not sure it has the backbone to last more than 10 years.
Had by the glass. No formal notes. Medium cherry color. Medium intensity on nose with red fresh fruit, strawberries, leather. On palate it was medium bodied, medium acidity, tannins still present, bitterness, chocolate and a medium finish. Not sure how long was this bottle opened but this glass didn't really match with many of the previous notes.
Very dark purplish-red color. Nose of tobacco, toast, saddle sweat, cassis. Somewhat rough attack, very ripe fruit, leather, mushroom, all framed in obvious french cooperage. Medium-light acid leads to an ill defined, somewhat hollow mid-palate, with a medium-light mouth feel. Ample silky tannin that is more approachable with food, and slight heat on the medium length finish.
Shows several traits of the hot vintage, from the fruit to the heat. Not sure where this will go with age; the mid-palate is a big problem for me. 13.5%
Very concentrated dark red color. In the bouquet cassis, smoke, cedar etc.; very luxurious. On the palate full bodied and still a bit locked, even after double decanting 6 hours before tasting. Loaded with ripe cassis. A bit rustic. Pleasant sweetness, acidity and bitterness. A truly great wine. Wait until at least 2016. My score for now is 96, which is high, but the wine deserves it, certainly compared with other 2003 wines.
Still dark inky purple hue. A refined nose of pencil lead graphite interlaced w some toasted oak. A solid palate - tannin, fruits and acids all harmonious and in balance. Q savoury, some spice and a good body. A rather polished tannic backbone yet elegant as a St Julien should be. Finish is good but could be longer. http://sgbordeaux.blogspot.com/2012/01/leoville-poyferre-2003.html
Inky purple. Spent a while sitting at my dining room table holding it up to the lights above, and I could not see the light through the wine. Full, opulent yet incredibly smooth wine. Exactly what I think of when it comes to a classic Bordeaux blend.
Some bretty funk, cedar, more earth and some currants on the nose. The palate is killer, rich, deep but still showing very tight. Lively with good acidity and lift, followed by a long juicy finish. Just outstanding but really needs more time (10 years??). Open in 2020.
I think others have described this wine well, but in my opinion it needs more time in the cellar. I have a lot, so I'll probably pop another bottle in 2013, but I would not expect this wine to hit its stride for at least 3 years. Great potential, however.
Kunde inte hålla mig längre utan öppnade första flaskan i lådan. Från start rätt slutet men efter ett par timmar i karaffen så öppnade det upp sig med en fantastisk doft av körsbär med inslag av cigarrlåda, lakrits och lite läder. Väldigt fylligt och koncentrerat med lång eftersmak och påtagliga med ändå lena tanniner. Bra balans. Ett fantastiskt bra vin som behöver ytterligare tid i källaren. Får hålla mig ett par år innan nästa flaska
Beautiful and complex modern bouquet with toasted oak and ripe black fruits. Beautiful and luxurious juice on the palate. The tannin and acidity is in good harmony and imo in this stage the wine is quite classical in the taste. Curious how this will taste a decade from now.
Not sure why I opened this and amazed to see it costs over £100 a bottle. In blind tasting I would have tagged this for a big fruity Napa cabernet,so i suppose you can deduce this was not my type of wine. Realise it was a hot vintage and hence doubt if the wine will improve with age. Must unload my remaining bottles.
More forthcoming since the last note. Maybe less red fruity than I recall. Plenty extracted and then some, and even at this point wonderful balance. Still it seems to me a few years away. 04 Bordeaux has been described as a more classic vintage, but that meant back then extended storage. With the modern style, and this wine may make the point, that may not be the case. Unless I miss my guess, this wine will be in top form in a few years or a bit more. Maybe a classic modern vintage.
Nutty had this right, nose was at one moment blossoming, the next very muted during dinner. Aromas that were coaxed out were vanilla, ripe cherries, and spice. Palate was very rich with concentrated black fruits and lots of leather mixed with some earthy/coffee elements. I felt this was even with Rauzan at beginning of night, but it gained added complexity with time. Day 2 really saw this wine bloom, with a great persistent finish, but plenty of acidity. Considering this wine received a 12 hour decant the day of opening and even got better on day 2 shows the depth of fruit. Can only improve with age.
This was like a flirtatious woman that you couldn't quite figure out. Had flashes of brilliance, then would close up and show nothing. Opened 12hrs prior, glass poured off, and kept at cellar temp. When the nose wasn't shy, was lush and inviting, with plum, blackberry, coffee, and cigar box and the faintest hint of orange peel. Palate was dense, smooth and lush, with low acidity, massive concentration, and big chunky tannins that resolved some with more air. Palate showed a similar dark profile, plummy and primary, with cassis highlights along with cedar spice and pipe tobacco. Lengthy flavorful slightly roasted, coffee and gravel finish. Seamless and smooth, with new world, but firmly bdx (if modern style). Very good wine, but only hints at greatness. Needs lots of time. Would argue that this is an '03 that's shut down. 95+ potential.
Decanted 1 hour before serving, initially still very closed and took 2 hours to open, need more time in the cellar, drinkable now with long decant but probably much better with time. Nose was very good but was not matched but the palate, tannins still not well integrated.
Initially the nose was quite closed and even dusty... but after 3 hours aeration, it showed a beautifull and very concentrated nose of licorice, leather, cèpes, ripe red cherries and strawberries.. in the mouth, very concentrated silky and ripe red fruit... very long aftertaste and loads of silky tannins... great wine!
Drank from a 375ml bottle. At the beginning of a long drinking plateau. Ripe, balanced, silky, hedonistic style of wine straight after opening. The 2003 vintage is one of the most recent exciting vintages simply because of the unusual conditions and the staggering variation in quality. This is a great wine for drinking right now on its own or with a great meal
Parker rated it 97 and it might yet get there. There is no distinguishable flaw, but it is closed up. Yesterday it was not a pleasure to drink and compared to the 2003 Cos d'Estournel rated 98 it is downright a disappointment as it doesn't have this overripe fuit that would be typical of such a hot year. Let's see how it develops. There is reason for optimism, but don't drink it yet.
nose - of char, heavy toast, smoke, dirt, and with imagination some cherry mouth - big toasty wine, licorice, anise, dark highly wound up fruit. not yielding much pleasure at the moment. needs decades.
Hard to judge this wine now, as it is still just a baby. Although I found the nose to be quite interesting, the wine was not ready to drink yet. I wouldn't call the wine "closed", but it certainly wasn't revealing it's potential. Put it down for another 10 to 15 years and then enjoy.
Beautiful dark color really beautiful aromas built around freshly crushed blackberry, floral, licorice, green herbs and just the right amount of toasted oak. Rich and complex. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins that attack the palate leading to a long, powerful, yet elegant finish. A Beauty!
As one would expect, the 2003 is the ripest wine in the line up, but doesn't lack of the transparency as well as focus in this wine. Quite tight on the nose with only hint of dark fruits, earth and graphite. The palate does show better, great density, superb rich and concentrated, almost voluptuous that showing off good complexity and purity of fruits. A powerful Poyferre with sweet tannin, low acidity that offer tremendous power on the long, almost chewy finish. Buy - Yes.
Opened in bottle for 6 hours. Very smooth, silky, long finish. High tannin and perfectly balanced. Can't pick any faults with this wine, and looking forward to this evolving into something even greater
Decanted for 3 hours. Open nose but still very primary notes of blackcurrant and sweet fruit. Full bodied, lush and silky. Good mature tannins and enough acidity to avoid cloying. Will last for very long!
At Wijn Antiq AMS blind tasting Bordeaux. Black colour, thick tears. Very rich and sensual wine with little berries, cherries. Some sweet cake tones and loads of tannins for the future. Sticks black and blue to your teeth. In the nose high in sweet and over-ripe cassis and black fruits tones, some coffee and pepper. Great wine.
Was wonderful. Smooth, accessible, great fruit. Perhaps more "new world" than most bordeaux, either by intent or in the hot 2003 year. No lead pencil/graphite, and for such a young wine, not much sense of it being closed and needing more years. In the mouth more sweet fruit than for a typical bordeaux, but very well balanced and nice leather/tobacco notes. Drinking alarmingly well now!
This is a really great, textbook Bordeaux however, I'm not sure it's quite up to the hype for me. I'm going to put this experience in the "opened it before it was ready" category as I think, (hope) it will have much more to offer down the road.
Spectacular wine!! Decanted for 4 hours. The kangaroo-vintage can't be missed and tons of black currant is literally jumping out of the glass. That being say it is very structured and gracefully balanced. Silky texture with pleasant soft tannins on the backend. Will hopefully develop more complexity over the next 10 years and I can't wait to revisit in 2020. 94+
L-O-V-E, LOVE the nose on this wine. Funky barnyard earth, and soft, refined plummy fruit notes just engulf your nose when you put it to the glass. The taste does not disappoint, with some slightly sweeter dark berry flavors rounding out the plum and earth. Very soft tannin has integrated beautifully and a good zip of acid gives this some youthfulness. No sign of aging here, but the flavors are mature and complex. I think this is just now hitting its stride and should age nicely for another 7 years or so. I am not sure this is a 20+ ager, as tasting this next to the 03 Pontet Canet, this seemed to be further along in development than the PC did. Fantastic stuff.
My Costco stealth wine... This 03 was buried in a pile of 06s but tagged and rung up with the much lower 06 price for a nice win. Shows off the powerful 03 vintage well with rich black currant flavors and a nice bit of funkiness on the nose. Tannins are pretty fine grained and not abrasive which allows the wine to be easily enjoyable now and it should still be great for a number of years.
The color is pitch black. Cassis earthy, black and blue fruits with hints of espresso bean makes up the perfume. Rich, dense and filled with ripe, spicy, dark fruits, this powerful, concentrated, tannic and round textured wine fills your mouth and palate. This needs at least another 6-10 years before it really starts to strut its stuff.
See previous notes. Decanted for two hours. It's been over a year since I last had this and it is even more harmonious. The blackberry is even more evident. Truly amazing finish and an enhanced silky texture with a level of velvet. This one of my favorites from the '03 vintage. Drink now - 2030.
Double decanted about 3 hours prior to service. Youthful appearance, with absolutely no signs of age. The bouquet is still quite primary at this stage, offering up notes of ripe black fruits, spice, and vanilla. Medium to fulll bodied, but once again this is missing a certain joie de vivre on the palate; I was expecting a bit more in terms of pleasure and texture. A long finish, but not particularly focused or delineated; let's see what another 5 years in the cellar can do.
This was our first 2003. We decanted for maybe an hour. No sign of age in the color. The nose was all bell pepper, not so much lead pencil. In the mouth, it was surprisingly ready to drink. We have a fair bit of experience with 2003 Rhones (mostly ChdP) and those very high alcohol, extracted wines that appear to need drinking sooner rather than later. We haven't had the same sense for Bordeaux, but this was the first of our wines we've had from this vintage and we were struck by the new world style. It was full of fruit, sweet, dark fruits, but not in our mind a traditional Bordeaux. We are anticipating drinking these any time from now on. Parker as usual overstates the drinking window.
A little green out of the gate, but after 2 hour decant, the tannins smoothed out. Great blend of earth, leather, and lots of delish leoville fruit. Long long mouth-filling finish. Poured for a Cal Cab lover and he's now a Bordeaux convert. High end '03's are good for that.
Blind California Cult Cabernet Tasting (Mill Creek, WA): Tasted blind. The nose had Big time Brett and saddle leather aromas. This was just hard for me to focus on – especially being grouped into a flight with 05 Harlan and 05 Screaming Eagle. This was easily identified as a Bordeaux ringer. It did have nice red fruits and a licorice note that I enjoyed, but that brett just took away a lot of the fun for me. My full attention went to other wines in this flight after they were revealed, but again this was another very well crafted wine that just didn't hit my sweet spot in comparison to the other wines in the flight.
What a beautiful wine! My first of these and I must say that I was wowed. Definitely decant this beauty because it takes a couple of hours to really begin strutting its stuff. when I first poured this wine I was a little concerned because of the slight brownish tint to the wine. I can't really see it in the glass now. Can a wine change color after a decant??? Anyway, the nose is sweet and full of fruit and spice, floral, licorice, bright fruit, black cherry, nutty, vanilla, and sweet earth. One of the most pleasant, intoxicating and complex bouquets of any wine I have ever had. On the palate the wine is simply delightful with depths of complexity and perfect balance. A fruit and spice medley, it just goes down so smoothly. Light spice, blackberry, graphite and other delightful flavors that I can't find words to describe. This is what it is all about!!!
First of a six pack; given all the positive comments on this wine, threw this one in the mix for a dinner last night. Really excellent wine, still young but can easily be enjoyed now. While tannins still give this a stiff backbone, they are silky smooth. Really nice nose too, with notes of cedar and tobacco to go with dark berries.
After the last bottle, I thought this wines was shutting down, however this bottle was ready to go - after a 5 hour decant. Silky smooth tannins and beautiful fruit. Still has more time to go, but very enjoyable now. Does not suffer from the over-ripe qualities of many of the other '03's.
Double decanted 48hrs ahead. Delightfully melded cassis, red cherry, freshly turned rich soil, dark chocolate caramels, licorice root, graphite and honeysuckle. Lush on the palate but framed by the perfect level of acid and tannin structure. Exquisitely weighted. An energetic finish marked by lively acid, ripe tannin and anise oak. Tremendously satisfying now but needs a decade to integrate the oak and unlock the secondary characteristics.
Decanted for an hour as we drank other wines, this full bodied saturated, luscious deep purple prize gives off aromas of black and blue fruit, chocolate coffee, and cassis. Sweet balanced tannin with beautiful flavors nuanced with floral and rich fruit. Perfect finish a major wine.
I had this on May 29th 2009 and forgot to leave the note on CellarTracker.
Decanted for one hour. Beautiful purple, black with some blood-red. Amazing to look at. The nose is obtuse and quite proud. Pure cassis on the front end. There's blackberry pie, scorched earth, vanilla, and flowers. The aromatics are so pronounced and warming. Truly exceptional in that regard alone. The mouth; velvet heaven. Layer, upon layer of velvety tannins that are also round and approachable. Over all pleasure. This is the best Poyferre that I have ever had ('00, '01, '89 and '85). Some of the Claret enthusiasts might not like this voluptuous, velvety, cassis filled thrill-of-a-wine. Regardless, this is still Bordeaux-like in terms elegance and freshness. She is ripe yet still intellectually refined: A true paradox. Hard to not touch now, however, some time in the cellar would help the harmony even more. Drink 2011 -
I decided to open one of these due to what I've been reading lately about this wine not being shut down and in a good drinking window. Pop and pour, did not decant. Consumed over a two-day period. To me, this screamed rich Bdx. Certainly not "classic" style, but I sincerely doubt I would call this new world in a blind tasting. Coffee, tar, and dark fruit come through. Amazing underlying structure on this wine and I really can't wait to see how it evolves. However, for my palate, this wine is nowhere near ready. I don't feel like I wasted a bottle because it was reference point for me to use, but to say this wine is in a good drinking window currently seems a bit of a stretch.
Drank with three other wines in a 4 wine blind tasting. two bordeaux' and two CA cabs. Nose that was described as musty dusty or magic marker. Or it had some Brett on the nose and pallete. Nice complexity but not the fruit intense wines of the new world. Cleary rated the weakest of the group but actually more comples that one other wine at the table.
passed through the vinturi. Nose - mostly closed, some hints of oak. mouth - a young wine. A depth of red and dark fruit with good acidity and palate coating tannins. I will hold onto my other bottle for some while. Clearly not seeing the hype at this time.
Tasted less good then the first bottle a year ago...tonight it was closed but still very enjoable to drink...tastes very big and you can taste the future potential...some say Leoville Barton 2003 is the Saint Julien of the vintage well...this must be some wine...www.everyoneweb.com/chateaujochen
62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. Decanted for three hours before tasting. This wine has definitely shut down. What can be sensed is certainly enjoyable, but both the nose and the palate are somewhat muted. The wine is an opaque ruby/purple color - very dark. With a great deal of air and coaxing, you can get whiffs of blueberry, blackberry, and graphite. As expected, not much in the way of secondary aromas at this stage. The palate is smooth and lush with a velvety texture, balanced by some dusty tannins that will more fully integrate with time. I don't plan to touch another bottle for several years. The rating is indicative of how this showed tonight - I would expect a dramatic increase in the score if this fulfills its promise in the long run.
Tasted less good than last time...it is closed for a long time...the big wines where open for a long time but they are closed right now...still very enjoyable to drink though...www.everyoneweb.com/chateaujochen
I suppose one of the effects of the 2003 Bordeaux summer is very big and bold reds. This is definitely evident in this 2003 Poyferre. Bold bouquet of brooding dark fruits, sweet vanilla oak, coffee with a light dose of liqorice and some spice. Voluptuous and already displaying nice complexity. A little showy now, for those who prefer big bold wines. For me, I would prefer to wait for a few years for it to mellow down a bit.
Thematic tasting of Bordeaux 2003 (Crystal Wines): Stewed raspberries and blueberries lifted by floral scents though still very tightly shut. Was wowed more by the attractiveness of the palate with juicy, dense, nicely sweet fruits on layers of secondary smoke and stewed sweet cabbage. Elegant and bright. Lovely wine that could do so much better given time for its nose to develop.
Popped and poured. Fragrant nose of graphite, stone, vanilla, waves of violets, earth radiate from the glass. Palate- plush blackcherry, firm structure, great balance and a long textured finish. Similar notes to last btl 12/2006, but definite improvement in terms of integration. Did not seem closed at all. Excellent bottle. 96
Decanted for three hours while we had a long dinner at Primehouse in NYC and drank five other wines. An Historic accomplishment for the Cuvelier family and my friend Anne. Its dripping black purple color leads you to the rich fruit - black,blue and raspberries merge creating a fat and sweet fruited cassis flavored beauty. Big and bold this textured wine is profound in its concentration with balanced tannins and acidity.
Probably the most classic “Bordeaux” like nose when compared to other wines in this flight (Lascombes, Pontet Canet, Clos Du Marquis,) this was just a stunning wine. Lots of smoky dark cherries, kinky asian spices, cassis, meat juice, and an underlying earthiness that formed a elegant, intoxicating nose. When this hits the palate it hits with luscious cassis, red fruits, and anise framed by med-low acidity and high tannin on the finish. Balance is key here and when the tannins resolve this it will be a true rock star of a wine.
so we cracked the '03 lp this evening after a bottle of '05 carlise bennet vally syrah and '04 vincent arroyo rattlesnake acres petite sirah - probably not the best idea to follow these wines. in any event, the '03 lp was wonderful, however it did not show quite as well as my last bottle in january. it was more closed on both the nose and palate. what showed was pure essesence of cassis, earth, and gravel. suburb balance. tannins were present, yet unobtrusive. finish was a bit shorter than my previous experince with this wine. all in all, i still believe this is a spectacular bottle, but probably better rewarded by letting them sleep for some time. i will, however, continue to stock up when i find it at good prices.
A note with a grain of salt- Bordeaux is not my thing. Decanted for an hour, I will say that if Bordeaux was my thing, this wine would be close to the top: Straightforward nose of pure cassis. The palate is velvet- right at you with a wave of pure fruit. Not a lot of subtlety here, but a lot of pleasure. A bit fatiguing after two glasses.
This wine rocks. Very accesable now, improves very much with air. Had a couple glasses on day 1, and put it in the fridge after a turn with the vacuumpump. On day 3 Rest rest was consumed with a good steak. Almost no signs of oxidation. Lots of fruit and firm tannins here. Super wine.
Opened, decanted and allowed to sit for only about 30 minutes at birthday dinner at French Room in Dallas. A very dark and dense pour. Very tight upon opening with mossy nose and gravelly first tasting. Brother and I initially thought we'd made a mistake by ordering. At an hour or so the nose really began to open. The sweet berry nose began to appear and the tannis began to subside into a wonderfully smooth, velvety mid palate experience lingering with a wonderful long finish. The more we drank, the more we wished we'd decanted a second bottle but at the steep French Room mark up of $340 decided to stop at one bottle as the night was not going to linger on. A very enjoyable wine that is ready to drink now but has the punch to drink for years to come.
Tasted wine at Lei Garden Orchard Road with Nora, TK, Albert and Chris. Wonderful cultured bouquet with silky tannins and rich aromas of fruit on the palate. Even in its infancy, it was already so easy and such a pleasure to drink. Definitely a long distance runner. For me the highlight of the evening even though this wine was served together with the 2003 Montrose.
Rick's Birthday Dinner (Wink Wine Bar): A perplexing bottle. Some pronounced it corked right out of the gate, others didn't. Had a lot of funk, so I wonder if that may contribute to the thought this may have been corked. Actually a good wine on the palate and nose. I would guess this was super-low-level corked. Utterly drinkable, but somewhat unexciting because the wine kept going in and out of stages where cork seemed more perceptible and then less. Need to try another one. One of the tasters said he's had 3 of 5 bottles so far that have been off in the same exact way. Ned to keep an eye on that?
I had this at a restaurant with 2003 Leoville Barton. Price was $140 which is same as current retail. Decanted for 2 hours. Dark purple, very oaky, definitely more oak than I prefer in my St Juliens. Lots of black fruits, very low acidity, very dense, extremely long finish. This was less traditional than I hoped. No austerity at all.
drank on my 30th birthday. omfg! this was a knockout. sweet dark fruit, graphite, tobacco with a velvet like mouthfeel. obvious tannins, but one could still derive much pleasure from this right now. enjoyed with a filet mignon which cut through the tannins and revealed an awesome drink! i can't wait to taste this again way down the road.
Pop the cork an hour before drinking...This baby was just awesum...we tasted this at my house after sociando 2001 smith haut lafitte 2001 and pichon baron 2001...definately this wine is just better than the other 3...Big and complex smooth velvety power and finesse and silky tannins goes on and on...Cassis red fruit tobacco choclate leather earth vanilla...Maybe the best wine for me so far...glad I opened one from my cellar...of course this has some upward potential...www.everyoneweb.com/chateaujochen
Tasted together with other 2003 classed growths at the Wine for Asia Fair. This was my favourite of the lot, just pipping the Pontet Canet because of that little extra elegance. It certainly outperformed the other two, more famous Leovilles. Like many others of its vintage, it was unusually fruit forward. The wine is a joy to drink, it has a beautiful complexity and great poise, with perfumy notes on the nose and a georgeous dark cherry palate. Sumptous without being over the top, great purity of expression, with smooth, velvety tannins that will serve it well for years to come. This is a wine that speaks volumes without having to shout. I was bowled over.
Tasted from 375ml. OMFG, this is a KNOCKOUT young wine. Just stunningly complex and rich, earth, salt, leather, crushed rocks, slathered in fruit and then packed with a huge mouthful of supple but powerful tannins. This has a finish about a mile long and a depth of complexity that is hard to believe. Where a 2003 LLC the night before came off as rich and grapey, this blew it out of the water. This is going to be a legend and a joy to follow. How will I hold off drinking them all is the real question?
excellent, big, deep, extracted. not showing as well as the 03 saint pierre, consumed the night before, but possibly the better wine down the road. very very good, but likely much better in a few years
Not decanted, drank with pot au feu. Drinking well straight out of the bottle, not as big as I expected (or feared), very nice fruit, not particularly sweet or jammy, high quality but lacking a bit of punch. Powerful but not particularly concentrated. Very refined, smooth, not aggressive at all. Good but nothing special at this stage, although it's drinking really incredibly well for such a young Bdx.
A very enjoyable wine from a half bottle. Strong wiff of vanilla on the nose. Plums, some cloves detected - a somewhat exotic nose. On the palate it is hard to believe this is a young Bordeaux in the sense that the tannins are pretty well buried under the rich fruit. No rough edges at all in fact very polished. Will this ever go through a sullen stage? It will look forward to trying this wine again after 2010. I would like to try this one with a horizontal of 03 Bordeaux. 94 pts.
This wine might be a 98 in some bottles as Parker indicates, but it was an excellent 94 in this one. The most impressive aspect of this bottle was the power coupled with the elegance on the pallate. I do believe this wine will improve and demonstrate some of the legandary Bordeaux traits known to this Chateau. Leather, coffe, tannin, blackberry, and coffe dominate and penetrate the pallate and made this a very compelling wine to consume over three hours. BTW - This was consumed while eating Chateauhautbrion steaks.
Decanted for 3 hours. Color of garnet ink. Fabulous fragrant nose- graphite, vanilla, black currant, tobacco and toasted oak (did not detect any licorice). On the palate ripe sweet black cherry, plum, blackberry. Abundant tongue coating tannins that are in harmony with the lush fruit. The finish is great. Of the 2003 Bordeaux's I've tried so far this is in a class by itself. 96+
This is a sumptuous wine. Deep ruby color, wonderful aroma, full-bodied and nicely integrated for a young wine. Very approachable now, but obviously has many years of improvement ahead of it. We really enjoyed this. Definitely a repurchase.
Deep ruby black/red color. Nose of menthol blackberry fruit, graphite and a touch of loamy soil funk. Very tightly wound fruit, with nice layers of intensity. You taste the tart fruit first, but are impressed with the elegance of the midpalate and then the tannins hit you with a vengance. Not very giving at the moment, but the finish lingers for quite a while and the intensity of the whole package leads me to believe that in 20 years this version will rival the 1982. No need to open another one for at least 5 years, as there is a lot of development still to come.
Dinner with friends (Will's house): Just stunning stuff. Beautiful nose of lead pencil, black currant, coffee, earth, minerals and toasty oak notes. The palate was just awesome. Full bodied with perfect balance and a seamless, soft feel. For all its size, it still retains a balanced, elegant feel and shows gobs of sweet tannins on the long finish.
I took this one for the team with dinner with the Otis' and Taylors. Upon opening this was flashy and racy with classic bdx tobacco, coffee grounds and flint on the nose. A few hours later it softened up considerably and at the start of dinner it was drinking really well. About 2 hours after that the tannins kicked in hard. There's no doubt it was drunk too young, but there's also no doubt it is a wowser of a wine. 95 is a somewhat arbitrary rating since this wine is such a baby and I wouldn't be surprised if I give it more in the future (next bottle 2015?).
Graciously opened by grossie at a recent dinner at Kiki's Bistro, as he wanted to benchmark a bottle before salting it away for a decade. I believe that grossie decanted this a couple hours. At first, the wine poured forth confected aromas and flavors of cherry syrup and fudge sundae. It was a dead ringer for a new world behemoth from California or Australia. Never would have guessed it was a bordeaux. Big, dense, and extracted, but exhibiting a soft, plush side for a little while. Then after around an hour, the tannins came to town with a vengeance. Like getting your tongue stuck in a door. This is a powerhouse botte, with huge potential. More fruit than any L-P I've ever tried. Was not as balanced as the 2000 was on release, but this one will be more of a showstopper. If this wine were a baseball player, I'd test it for steroids.
This is a big boy! Color is dark garnet to the rim. Nose of rich cassis, leather, lead, and a hint of coffee. On the palate, dark cassis, cedar, smoke, and mocha are framed by very prominent but sweet tannins. There is a lot there, but it is still wound tight...a very promising future is in store, and may add 2-3 points to the above score.
Drank this over two days and it's easily my favorite Bordeaux to date. The first evening, just popped the cork, poured a glass (well, quite a few glasses actually) and drank it over the evening. Great nose of sweet tobbacco, black currant, licqorice, coffee and toasty oak. Full bodied with a rich, velvety feel and awesome balance. Very long finish with gobs of sweet tannins. The palate closed down after a couple hours but the nose was singing all evening. Stuck the rest in the fridge. Still gorgeous the second day with the nose showing really dark fruit and warm, toasty oak. Dark, rich and extreamly smooth with an outstanding finish.
Spices, black coffee, and a hint of vanilla on the meaty, very aromatic nose. The palate is balanced, with almost sweet slightly dusty tannins, a good acidity, restrained but delicious black fruit, black coffee, a hint of chocolate and exotic spices.