April 5, 2019 - Cherries and earth. Pleasant.
March 31, 2019 - Drinking well after 4 hours of slow ox. Dark Berries and earthiness on the nose. Great taste but not a long finish but it has come together nicely.
March 25, 2019 - 2nd of 12, decanted an hour, perfect cork and level, more definition than bottle last February and developing attractive chocolate component (noticed before in Branaire), fresh and pure for 03, early maturity. Strong F (17.5).
March 19, 2019 - Monthly Tuesday group "The Dead Sparrow" #037: Bordeaux 2003, 2004 and 2006 (By me): Beautiful bouquet with dark berries, graphite and sweet spices. On the palate dark and red berries, cherries, good acidity and still firm tannin. The most purple and powerful wine of the flight with still a future of at least 5+ years. Pity it was my last bottle.
March 13, 2019 - The B-D drank beautifully, with an expressive bouquet of cherry, spice, dark berries and cedar. Beautiful tannins, plenty of acidic core and tons of fruit. This wine just keeps getting better — it is in full glory.
While I’m on the topic, I was at a tasting with some Bordeaux aficionados last week, and a few of them opined that the 2003 vintage is fading. That has not been my experience. Every 2003 I’ve had in the last two years has been integrated, full-bodied, well-balanced, and lots of fruit. The B-D is just the latest example of a great wine from an underrated vintage.
February 21, 2019 - Delicious Bordeaux in a lovely place right now. I actually can't quite reconcile my earlier notes relative to this bottle so not sure what was going on there. Lifted nose of cigar box and tea leaves, palate continues the cigar notes, ripe blackberries, olives, earth, graphite and leather. Powdery tannins are a highlight, has good depth and finishes clean and full. Feel this has improved a lot since my last experience and it has a really great life ahead.
February 9, 2019 - Color was deep red, getting a little pink on the rim. Aroma of black berries and ripe fruit. The taste was nicely acidic with dark berries and plums. Smooth silky tannins and black pepper in the finish. Decanted for 2 hours before first pour. Very lovely wine.
February 8, 2019 - 1 hour decant. Drinking quite well, albeit a bit ripe for my taste for long ageing. As with most of my 2003's, am testing or drinking them early.
January 30, 2019 - Popped and poured. International nose, red fruits and a slight bit of mocha and some figgy funk. The palate is deep and rich, with a spicy, plum infused taste profile and a well balanced creamy texture that finishes dry. There’s a finishing aroma of VA and figs that detracts from the overall experience.
January 27, 2019 - Popped poured and consumed over the course of several hours; the fill was into the neck and the cork was sound. I've drank almost 2 cases of the '03 Branaire-Ducru, and it has been a consistently good wine. Some bricking at the rim, with notes of dried cassis, crushed stones, leather, briar patch and black truffle. Medium-bodied, with a round and velvety texture, good grip, delineation and lift on the palate, with a long finish.