Part of a blind tasting, this had fairly obvious notes typical for the year with extracted blackberry, chocolate, and a very round and soft finish consistent with the high level of Merlot in the blend. Interestingly, this has opened up nicely compared to last year and other tastings of left bank 2003's have also performed well.
Coravin 12/8/14: Medium ruby color, very little bricking appropriate for age; nose has red fruit, slight sweet spice, slight mint and herbal, youthful and a bit wound up; palate is full bodied, tannins significant but approachable throughout palate, initial red cherry fruit, tight, good depth on the palate, tart cranberry through midpalate and into finish; medium length finish with some fruit. Overall an excellent classically-styled St. Emilion, not showing the heat of 2003 on the nose (maybe slightly on palate) but showing very young and tight, if approachable, maybe a bit one-dimensional through the midpalate, though that may be its youth. Next bottle in 5+ years minimum. 90-91+ 30 min update: With some air, this does start to show the ripe fruits on the palate I expected from a hot vintage. Enjoyable, but it may hold it back from being great, as I tend to prefer the complexity of cooler climate wines. 12/27: Still quite a dense ruby color without bricking; nose is very intriguing with good complexity of mint, herbal, floral, slight nice green and bell pepper; palate is full bodied, slight spice, red and black fruits, here showing a bit of heat, nice dose of green on the palate as well that is balanced, still strong tannins. As above, very nice wine (maybe a bit better than when I first tried it) that needs a lot of time, but promising that it will improve, though likely never superb. 92+
Color is dark garnet with lightening at the rim. Nose was initially a bit reserved but eventually showed dark fruits, tar, smoke, and roasted coffee. On the palate, the wine has dark fruit up front but this is fairly quickly met with charred wood flavors which have not fully integrated. Tannins and acidity are also present and slightly out of balance. There is still fruit there, but I'm wondering whether this wine will ever really come together.
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(Chateau Troplong-Mondot St Emilion) A nice, lifted, elegant black fruit nose. Similar elegance on the palate, which has a nicely rounded texture, and it has sufficient substance to cover the firm, grippy tannins that lie beneath. Lovely although quite masculine style. Very good.
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