Second time having this in 2012. First in Amsterdam with Frits, Gerhard, and Marta blind tasted with 2 other 2003's - Rousseau's Clos St. Jacques and a Fourrier Clos St. Jacques. The wine that night make me gasp in term of the elegance, balance, acidity, and fruit. The nose was more restrained than the taste, and it was the same on Sunday night with Jason and Mike at the Tribeca Grill. There is a silkiness and balance to the dark fruit. The wine seems to hold back a bit but the best 2003 Burgundy I've had. Wonder how it will evolve. (popped 1 hr before pouring).
Popped and poured. Left in the glass for about 20 min. Wine looking very young still. Dark somewhat cloudy center with ruby red rim. No sign of oxidation or maturity yet really. Somewhat classic Bordeaux nose was not as expressive as expected but some mocha/coffee. Still youthful and and a kind of rustic fruit and forest floor taste. First thought was still too young and quite youthful tannins. About an hour later, had rounded off and opened up a bit more. Softer edges and lots of texture and breadth. Have a few more bottles to try.
I've got a case of this but didn't want to open it and found a half-bottle in California. Popped and poured over dinner. Probably because it was a 1/2 bottle, the tannins have been tamed, quite in balance. Lots of fruit, smokey nose, mocha, minerals, dark fruit. Very dark and concentrated but lots of balance and complexity. A great wine. Full bottles will probably need more time!