Garnet color, some brick at the edge, good clarity and opaque. The nose is currants, meat, soy, iodine, and leather. The tastes are cherry, espresso, currant, licorice, tobacco, cedar, and pencil. The tannins are still stout but this is countered by bracing acidity. This was had at Art's 6th birthday and finishes with wood, fruit, and sizzling acidity.
From 75cl, perfect cork. Decanted 1 hour. This isn't a lot of fun right now. Closed, surly, tannic, hot etc, as noted by many other tasters. Looking back at my GPL TNs, I see I had an equally inexpressive bottle of the (now magnificent) 1995 12 years after the vintage. Although I don't think this vintage will scale quite the same heights, I'm sure that this is not the time to be opening the 2003, and will keep the rest of my case for 4-5 years before trying again. It may turn out to be disappointing then, but it seems pretty much guaranteed to be disappointing now... Sell now, or hold until 2019-20. NR
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(Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste (Pauillac)) Decanted for two hours this still showed pretty mean and tight; it was at least four hours before this really seemed approachable and open for business. With time the nose does reveal some delightful fruit scents, dense red cherry fruit and red plum, mixed with notes of liquorice, smoke and stone. It is bright and characterful, and although it has richness and generosity it certainly doesn't have the fat corpulence that you might expect from this vintage. The same on the palate, which has substance but also piles of bitter grip and sappy-juicy acidity. It is full on but not soft or ill-defined, and although it doesn't seem very typical of chateau or commune I think this is more youth than the vintage. Good potential here for the cellar.
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