June 14, 2019 - Consistent in its delivery, this is nudging towards its prime drinking window, and without doubt is by far the best example of the estate drinking at present with only the 1996 coming near to it. However, it still has development ahead of it, but is a wonderful drink now with a couple of hours in the decanter. The nose is full of ripe fruit and is all about plum, cherry and blackcurrant, and has that opulence of aromas which is typical of 2003. However, on the palate the wine is unmistakably a Paulliac with robust tannin and a steeliness. Depth and balance in the mouth are both excellent, and the finish is 30 seconds plus, but it still needs to shrug off a little residual sourness.
June 8, 2019 - 45+ minute decant. Dark red color. Has that great barnyard nose I love with meat and spice elements too. There is an interesting tartness when it first hits your tongue, which isn’t good or bad, just different and maybe out of place. Nice balance of cherry fruit and smoke. Medium plus finish. I really enjoyed this!!
June 3, 2019 - DRC tasting group, my contribution.
Showed well. Still young and a little tannic but lots of life ahead of this one.
May 29, 2019 - After five and half years later, this wine has gained more weight and complexity. Still must decant for an hour and you are rewarded with a wonderfully balanced Bordeaux that has rich but restrained blackberry fruit with notes of tar, licorice, forest floor and cassis. Terrifically complex and fun to drink watching it change in the glass over a few hours.
May 24, 2019 - Finally hitting its stride
The initial over ripeness and heat have integrated well. Leathery gamey curranty fruit
Prime drinking window starting I think
May 21, 2019 - Drank at BLT celebrating my sons 16th birthday who also is a 2003 vintage. We’ve already drunk the 6 pack of Phelan-Segur at his prior birthdays. (which we enjoyed very much)
I am glad to say that my previous bottle was a fluke. This was beautiful. The color is mesmerizingly clear and nuanced despite handling in the (taxi) cab on the way to dinner. It is still young with good structure and acid. The fruit is ripe but not jammy. The blackberry, currant and plum flavors work in concert but have not melded. The oak provides a nice shading but is not intrusive. I think it has room to develop and plan to hold the remaining bottles for my sons 18th, 21st and 25th birthdays.
It was a budgetary stretch at the time but I am very pleased to have laid down good Bordeaux and Port upon the birth of each child.
May 18, 2019 - Very very nice after a 3+ hour decant. Blackcurrants, chocolate, good acid. Not at all the hot unstructured stuff that some 2003s can sometimes be.
Drank after a white burgundy (Francois jobard meursault-charmes 1990) and a red one (Joseph drouhin volnay 1990). Time to learn about burgundy as well!
May 12, 2019 - Very nice. Very left bank. Very Bordeaux. The heat of the vintage doesn't seem to have left this wine drinking as anything other than Bordeaux. In a good spot with very nice balance . Finish goes on and on. 94ish
May 11, 2019 - Pleasantly surprised that this showed as a traditional Pauillac wine. There was lots of black currants and blackberries with just a bit of black earth, but mostly subdued fruit with fine tannins. I kept some of the bottle gassed for a 2nd night which showed just as well. So while I think it is delicious now, it will show well for another 10+ years. I just wanted to check out a bottle from a hot vintage before finding too late that the fruit was gone.
May 11, 2019 - Freaking fabulous!