November 30, 2019 - Outstanding
October 27, 2019 - Dark mahogany colour betraying some age. Opened and let sit a couple of hours without decanting. Reticent nose to start with. Smooth full taste, with very few tannins left. Good warm long spicy finish, clearly a hot vintage (although 13% makes us laugh nowadays). A tad dry at the back end. Solid, not very refined.
October 14, 2019 - I feel the wine has found its level of performance, and has not really lived up to its initial promise when it first was entering its drinking window. However, that said, it is a good solid wine, that is drinking beautifully with a structure to stay here for a few years. The nose is full of cedar, cherry, and red berry. The fruit is prominent on the palate, but the tannin is quite dominant. Depth and balance are good, but the finish is on the shorter side and a little unbalanced and harsh with the tannin.
October 6, 2019 - Damn - this is gorgeous... mature, and in full command. Despite 2003's reputation (hot & ripe), I find this wine to be anything but... powerful yet restrained fruit, cedar spice & graphite woven throughout, balanced acid that carries it across the palate. Wonderful. Delicious St. Julien.
September 13, 2019 - Drinking very well right now. Medium weight, ruby red fruit with muted nose initially and then opens up. After a mandatory two hour decant, Bordeaux becomes fruit forward with terrific secondary flavors of cigar box, leather, cassis and forecast floor...all nicely integrated. Despite this hot vintage, this wine is restrained and delicious.
August 20, 2019 - Ruby with red cherry, slight orange rim; bright cherry, funky, with cranberry skin, orange peel, toostie roll (again!)and old oak. Some VA, acetone or some such, seemed almost faulty to me, med++ dry chunky tannins, Med+ acidity, not sure about this but seemed slightly off to me. Blind group at Teviot
July 12, 2019 - Two bottles in 10 days. The first one was a bit floppy and on the edge of decline (88 Points). The second one had more spine, fruit and length, and had somehow unevolved potential. It showed pretty nice on day two in a rather classic claret style. A 89-90 score.
How ever 2003 wasn´t a real success for Chat. Lagrange like for many others in this hot year.
Drink up during the coming 3-4 years. Bottle Variation will increase.
June 22, 2019 - Consistent with recent notes in the 88-90 range, classic claret, pleasant and straightforward, fruit/acid felt a bit muted and finished short, fair amount of sediment filtered out but seriously doubt holding more than a couple more years improves this.
May 6, 2019 - Crimson in color. 14% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red and black fruits, leather and cigar box. Plush and full bodied. Fruit forward with light, silky tannins. Currants, cassis, black licorice, plums and earth on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Perhaps a little atypical due to the vintage but absolutely delicious Bordeaux nonetheless. I suspect this will drink well to twenty years of age.
April 24, 2019 - Muted on the nose. Soft tannins, fully resolved. Cranberry. Full but a little drying on end. A good, aged, one-dimensional bordeaux from a difficult year. Drink up over next few months.