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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
Red Bordeaux 2003 Lafleur

[Duty Paid]

1 Bottle 75cl £400
  • he exotic, nearly over the top 2003 exhibits a southern Rhone-like characteristic of kirsch liqueur intermixed with raspberries and flowers. Sweet fruit, high levels of glycerin (the alcohol is less than 13.5%), and high but silky tannins have resulted in a broad, expansive, terrific example of Lafleur that should be at its finest between 2008-2025. Along with Petrus, this stunning, full-bodied 2003 is a candidate for the top wine of Pomerol.

    Score: 95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

Tasting Notes
95
Red Bordeaux 2003 Domaine de Chevalier

1 Case 12 75cl £605
  • Rating

    88

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2019

    Reviewed by

     Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    28th Aug 2014

    Source

    214, The Wine Advocate

    This evolved 2003 exhibits lots of smoky barbecue spices intermixed with notes of cedarwood, underbrush, damp forest, plums and figs. Medium-bodied, fully mature and relatively complex, it requires consumption over the next 4-5 years.

Tasting Notes
88
Red Bordeaux 2003 Pichon Baron

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 6 150cl £1,180
  • A brilliant effort, this 2003 displays a vigorous, intact, deep blue/purple color as well as notes of scorched earth, barbecue spices, incense, creme de cassis and cedarwood. Long, lush, medium to full-bodied, round and generous, this opulent Pauillac can be drunk now and over the next 5-8 years. Drink 2014-2022

    Score: 94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014

    This is a brilliantly run property year in and year out, and especially since the mid- to late 1980s has produced one of the top four or five wines made in Pauillac in virtually every vintage. With 13.4% alcohol, the 2003 is one of the most powerful efforts this chateau has ever made. Its dense purple color is accompanied by sweet, jammy creme de cassis notes intermixed with roasted herbs, smoked meats, and chocolate. Although ripe, dense, full-bodied, and moderately tannic, it is silky (because of its low acidity and high glycerin) as well as accessible. It should firm up in the bottle, and be at its peak between 2008-2025.

    Score: 94+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2003 Lynch Bages

1 Case 12 75cl £1,250£1,220
  • A healthy, youthful dark plum/ruby/purple color is followed by a bouquet of smoke, barbecued meats, black currants and new saddle leather. With full body and sweet tannin, this 2003 is strutting its stuff. Although it is not as fine as the 1989, 1990, or 2000, it is a complex, classic Pauillac to enjoy over the next decade. Aug 2014, www.robertparker.com

    Score: 94-/100Robert Parker

    Loads of rich, plummy fruit with vanilla undertones follows through to a full-bodied palate, with soft tannins and a long, long finish. Gorgeous.--Lynch-Bages non-blind vertical. Best after 2010. 35,000 cases made. James Suckling, Wine Spectator 2007

    Score: 92-/100Wine Spectator

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2003 Montrose

1 Case 12 75cl £1,650
  • A candidate for a perfect score, the 2003 Montrose has been a superstar since the first time I tasted it in barrel. Showing no signs of weakening, it is an amazing wine from this fabulous terroir. It boasts a deep blue/purple color as well as a stunning perfume of blueberries, black currants, blackberries, licorice and camphor. Dense, full-bodied and rich with an unctuous texture, well-integrated, melted tannins, and a long, heady finish, this big, brawny, super-intense, gorgeous 2003 is just beginning to enter its plateau of full maturity. It should remain there for at least two decades.

    Score: 99

    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate  Maturity: 2014-203401 August 2014

    The grapes were harvested between September 11 and 26. The blend in 2003 was 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot (a very high percentage), 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The wine, unlike most 2003s, has a freshness and liveliness provided by their extraordinary terroir. This wine can be drunk now. It has a dense bluish/purple color to the rim and an extraordinary nose of blueberries and mulberries, with blacker cassis and blackberry entering the picture. Scorched earth, spice and licorice are all present in this magnificent, full-bodied, opulent wine that is very Montrose, very classic and somewhat atypical of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2040.

    Score: 99

    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate  Maturity: 2015-204001 August 2014

    In total contrast was the young, enormously endowed, potentially monumental 2003 Château Montrose. Inky purple to the rim, with amazing concentration, high but noble, sweet tannins, this is entirely too young to drink, but I enjoyed it and think, along with the 1990 and 1989, it is one of the three greatest wines I have ever tasted from Montrose. It has at least 30-40 years of life ahead of it and will certainly be strutting its stuff long after I’m pushing up daisies.

    Score: 100

    Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, erobertparker.com  Maturity: 2009-204931 January 2009

    The enormous 2003 Montrose is built along the lines of the 1989 rather than the 1990. It boasts a dense black/purple color in addition to an extraordinary bouquet of scorched earth, blackberries, and cassis, fabulous purity, a skyscraper-like texture, and substantial tannin in the finish. This superb, huge, ripe wine is one of the vintage’s most prodigious offerings. However, patience will be essential for anyone purchasing this 2003. (97+ Points)

    Score: 97

    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate  Maturity: 2010-203530 April 2006

    Certainly one of the vintage’s most colossal wines and clearly one of the estate’s greatest efforts, rivaling the 1989, 1990, and 2000, this wine, which tips the scales at 13% alcohol (the 1990 was 13.5%), has an amazingly opaque purple color to the rim, and a big, sweet, exotic nose of blackberry liqueur intermixed with acacia flower, creme de cassis, smoke, and hints of truffle and vanilla. In the mouth the wine is full-bodied, opulent, but offers surprising definition and finesse, which is something it was showing less of nine months ago. Brilliantly delineated in spite of its amazing concentration and unctuosity, this is a thrilling, exceptional effort that should prove to be a modern-day legend. I tend to think this wine will actually be approachable in 5-6 years but capable of lasting for at least three decades. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2030+. To reiterate what I said last year, this is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, and the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

    Score: 97 - 100

    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate  Maturity: 2009-2030+30 April 2005

    A whopping 78% of the production made it into the prodigious 2003 Montrose. Harvested between September 11 - 26, this 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot blend was fashioned from low yields of 35 hectoliters per hectare. The pH is high (3.9), and the alcohol is 13.2%. Reminiscent of a hypothetical blend of the compelling 1989 and 1990, this inky/purple-colored 2003 boasts a spectacular, flamboyant perfume of creme de cassis, new wood, smoke, crushed rocks, and white flowers. Magnificently rich, unctuously textured, and full-bodied, with huge presence on the palate, and a finish that exceeds 60 seconds, this is a legendary effort from Montrose. It is capable of rivaling the wines produced in 2000, 1990, and 1989. Given its low acidity and incredible performance already, it should drink well in 5-6 years, and last for 25-30.

    Score: 96 - 100

    Robert Parker, Wine Advocate  Maturity: 2009-203430 April 2004

    Tasted blind at Farr Vintner’s Left Bank tasting. This is the business. The Montrose 2003 is blessed with a complex bouquet with blackberry, scorched earth, black olive and cedar that really is a cut above its peers. Superb delineation. The palate is full-bodied with firm, bold tannins, great fruit concentration with cedar, spice, blackberry, white pepper and allspice towards the vibrant finish. Superb. Tasted October 2010.

    Score: 97

    Neal Martin, erobertparker.com  01 March 2011

    Good medium-deep ruby-red. Superripe, roasted aromas of black raspberry, chocolate and licorice. Wonderfully dense, sweet and lush, with an early roundness rare for this wine. A monumental St. Estephe with almost confectionery sweetness. Wonderfully horizontal, palate-saturating wine with huge but thoroughly ripe, lush tannins. It's hard to believe that a wine this rich and deep could be carrying just 13.2% alcohol. The only thing missing here is the floral topnote of 2005, but that's a quibble in this baking-hot vintage, as Montrose's cooler, water-retentive clay-rich soil handled the extreme heat and drought as well as any chateau in the Bordeaux region. The final blend is 63% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot, 3% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot.

    Score: 96

    Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar  01 May 2006

    Dark color. Aromas of blackberry, toasted oak, spice and tobacco. Loads of plum. Medium- to full-bodied, with very integrated and refined tannins. Long. This really builds on the palate. This is better than the 2000 and 1990. Only time will tell if it's better than the 1989. Best after 2011. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 15,830 cases made.

    Score: 95

    James Suckling, Wine Spectator  Maturity: 2011+31 March 2006

    Very dark crimson, the deepest of all these wines with colour all the way out to the rim. Young, fresh, very frank aromas - still distinctly unevolved. Extremely dry, savoury and mineral - not a hint of the raisiny sweetness that dogs so many 2003s. Wonderfully rich and layered yet dry and savoury on the finish. A hint of unsweetened chocolate with a floral topnote. Great hit on the front palate, then something dry and scrunchily appetising on the finish. Very very long.

    Score: 19

    JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com  Maturity: 2015-2030

Tasting Notes
99
Red Bordeaux 2003 Margaux

3 Case 12 75cl £4,950
  • This was the finest performance by this wine that I have seen since it was released. I did not expect the 2003 Chateau Margaux to show this well in a vintage where the southern part of the Medoc was clearly less impressive than the north. However, it is a beautiful, dark plum/purple-tinged effort with sensational aromatics, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and a youthfulness, precision and freshness that belie what one generally associates with this vintage. It can be drunk now and over the next 15-20 years. Kudos to Chateau Margaux.
    (WA#214, Aug 2014)

    Am I being too stingy with the 2003 Chateau Margaux? A wine of extraordinary complexity and intensity, it reveals a deep purple color, a style not unlike the 1990 Margaux (possibly even more concentrated), a velvety texture, and notes of spring flowers interwoven with camphor, melted licorice, creme de cassis, and pain grille. Not a blockbuster, it offers extraordinary intensity as well as a surreal delicacy/lightness. There is riveting freshness to this offering, which tips the scales at a lofty (for this estate) 13.5% alcohol, as well as an alluring sweetness and accessibility. It probably will tighten up over the next few years. Nevertheless, it is a profound Chateau Margaux that brings to mind a hypothetical blend of the 1982 and 1990. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2035.
    99 pts (WA#164, Apr 2006)

Tasting Notes
98
Red Burgundy Bachelet 2003 Charmes Chambertin Vielles Vignes

3 Bottle 75cl £325
  • Deep ruby-red. Expressive aromas of blackberry liqueur, bitter chocolate and coffee; more open than the Corbeaux today. Then superripe in the mouth but a bit less forthcoming, with explosive, surprisingly primary flavors of blackberry and dark chocolate. Boasts a huge middle, especially for a Bachelet wine, but also more finesse than the Corbeaux. This reminded me a bit of a top pinot from the Sonoma Coast. Spreads out to coat the entire palate and mounts slowly and inexorably on the back. A very deep, black fruit-dominated Charmes that's quite fresh for the year. Lay this down for a few years or give it time in a decanter.

    -- Stephen Tanzer

Tasting Notes
92
Red Burgundy Drouhin Joseph 2003 Chambertin

3 Bottle 150cl £625£550
Red Burgundy Gouges 2003 Nuits 1er Cru Les Vaucrains

2 Bottle 75cl £75
  • (14% alcohol) Full ruby; almost cabernet-like color. Vibrant aromas of blackberry, cassis, violet, dark chocolate and spices. Dense, thick and powerful, but with extraordinary sap and definition to the black fruit flavors. Firm acids give this wine uncanny clarity and verve-not to mention inner-mouth aromatic character-for 2003. A major mouthful of wine but not at all surmuri or over the top. Tannins are substantial and sweet.

    -- Stephen Tanzer 93+ Stephen Tanzer

Tasting Notes
93
Red Burgundy Ponsot 2003 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes

2 Bottle 150cl £750
Red Burgundy Ponsot 2003 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes

3 Case 6 150cl £4,500
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2003 Charmes Chambertin

3 Bottle 75cl £390
  • Tasting note: The freshest nose to this point with exuberant, pure and very pretty red pinot fruit nuanced by spice, earth and subtle underbrush notes that give way to supple, easy and very forward middle weight flavors that don't quite possess the same degree of finishing complexity as the Caz and this is a bit shorter as well.

Tasting Notes
89
White Burgundy Bertagna 2003 Corton Charlemagne

5 Bottle 75cl £75
White Burgundy Jadot 2003 Montrachet

5 Bottle 75cl £270
Rhone Chapoutier 2003 Cote Rotie Mordoree

[lying Crown Cellars Hong Kong]

1 Case 5 75cl £520
  • Reviewer Rating Maturity Current (Release) Cost

    Wine Advocate #163
    Feb 2006 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 96+ Drink: 2006 - 2026 $140-$155 (160)
    The finest Cote Rotie Chapoutier has produced since 1991, the dense purple-hued 2003 Cote Rotie La Mordoree reveals a sumptuous perfume of new saddle leather, barbecued meats, herbs, black raspberries, and creme de cassis. This stunningly concentrated, full-bodied, rich wine takes Cote Rotie to a new quality level. Sadly, there are only 330 cases of this elixir. It can be drunk young or cellared for 15-20+ years. 

Tasting Notes
96
Rhone Guigal 2003 Cote Rotie Trio Assortment - Mouline Landonne Turque -

2 Case 3 75cl £1,200£1,150
Rhone Jaboulet-Aine 2003 Hermitage La Chapelle

[lying Crown Cellars Hong Kong]

3 Bottle 75cl £80
  • The 2003 Hermitage la Chapelle is a stunner! From a scorching-hot year that may never be repeated, this behemoth took two months to ferment dry and hit 14.1% natural alcohol. In addition, while in a big year they can produce 80,000 to 90,000 bottles (or more in the case of the 2000), they only made 50,000 bottles of the '03. Locked and loaded with notions of plums, Asian spice, olive tapenade and sweet cassis, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a massive mid-palate and layers of sweet tannin. This blockbuster is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and will drink beautifully for another 15-20 years.

    Score: 96 Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, September 2016

    The finest example of this cuvee since 1990, the 2003 Hermitage La Chapelle (50,000 bottles rather than the normal 96,000+ were produced) possesses an inky/purple color as well as a tremendous bouquet of creme de cassis, crushed flowers, truffles, and licorice. Full-bodied and powerful (15% natural alcohol) with good freshness and definition, this big, rich, dense, reassuringly great La Chapelle should be cellared for 5-8 years, and drunk over the following 20-25.

    Score: 95+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (163), February 2006

Tasting Notes
96
Rhone Jaboulet-Aine 2003 Hermitage La Chapelle

[lying Crown Cellars Hong Kong]

2 Case 6 75cl £480
  • The 2003 Hermitage la Chapelle is a stunner! From a scorching-hot year that may never be repeated, this behemoth took two months to ferment dry and hit 14.1% natural alcohol. In addition, while in a big year they can produce 80,000 to 90,000 bottles (or more in the case of the 2000), they only made 50,000 bottles of the '03. Locked and loaded with notions of plums, Asian spice, olive tapenade and sweet cassis, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a massive mid-palate and layers of sweet tannin. This blockbuster is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and will drink beautifully for another 15-20 years.

    Score: 96 Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate, September 2016

    The finest example of this cuvee since 1990, the 2003 Hermitage La Chapelle (50,000 bottles rather than the normal 96,000+ were produced) possesses an inky/purple color as well as a tremendous bouquet of creme de cassis, crushed flowers, truffles, and licorice. Full-bodied and powerful (15% natural alcohol) with good freshness and definition, this big, rich, dense, reassuringly great La Chapelle should be cellared for 5-8 years, and drunk over the following 20-25.

    Score: 95+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (163), February 2006

Tasting Notes
96
Rhone Janasse 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes

3 Bottle 150cl £125
  • JEB DUNNUCK: 97

     

    ROBERT PARKER: 97

    A wine I’ve had more than a case of, sometimes with irregular results, the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes was drinking about as good as it gets on this occasion. As usual, it’s made in a deeper, richer style than the Chaupin and offers thrilling texture, a smoking mid-palate and nothing but gorgeous Grenache fruit on the finish. Loaded with notions of blackberry liqueur, kirsch, fruit cake and spice, enjoy this knockout effort over the coming 2-4 years or so. Aug 2014, www.robertparker.com

Tasting Notes
97
Rhone Mordoree 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape La Plume du Peintre

12 Bottle 75cl £260
99
Australia 2003 Ten Minutes by Tractor Pinot Noir

1 Case 6 75cl £110
Australia 2003 Penfolds RWT Shiraz

1 Case 6 75cl £420
California Colgin 2003 IX Estate Syrah

2 Case 3 75cl £640
95
California Colgin 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard

1 Case 3 75cl £730
93
California Dominus Estate 2003 Dominus

1 Case 6 75cl £1,025
95
California Shafer 2003 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon

[Duty Paid]

6 Bottle 75cl £210
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2014 - 2030

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    30th Dec 2014

    Source

    216, The Wine Advocate

    The 2003 is a singular style of wine, but by no means wimpy or undernourished. The 2003 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select has a dense, purple color, notes of creosote, graphite, blackberry and cassis fruit, charcoal and scorched earth. It has a full-bodied mouthfeel and excellent purity, while some rather noticeable tannins kick in on the finish. This wine seems to be moving from adolescence to that early mature stage, where I would expect it to hold for at least another 10-15 or more years. Clearly not one of the superstars in what was a rather astonishing qualitative lineup, but it’s outrageously good Cabernet Sauvignon, and I expect myself, as well as any of my readers, would drink this 24/7.

    Shafer’s Hillside Estate Vineyard consists of 54 acres all on steep, amphitheater-like, rocky outcroppings and knolls. It receives the full benefit of southeasterly sunlight, and enjoys the afternoon breezes that blow up from the San Francisco Bay channel. An unusual geographic feature, this vineyard is basically a box canyon. The top soil is virtually non-existent as the bed roots that go into the white tofu volcanic soil base rarely extend more than 18 inches before hitting bedrock. This no doubt is a significant reason for the intense flavors achieved by the Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon, and why it is able to spend 32 months in 100% new French oak without a woody taste.

Tasting Notes
95
California Sine Qua Non 2003 Papa Syrah

[Duty Paid]

4 Bottle 75cl £400
  • There are 860 cases of the 2003 Papa, a blend of 97% Syrah, 2% Mourvedre, and 1% Grenache sourced from six different vineyards. An old black and white photograph of Manfred Krankl’s father holding a baby with a head the size of a large watermelon (presumably Manfred) serves as the label for this wine, which has just about everything one could want in a great Syrah. It exhibits extraordinary power and richness along with large quantities of sexy, seductive cassis, black cherries, and a chocolaty undertone. Unctuously textured, rich, and full, it will provide amazing drinking over the next 10-15 years.

    Score: 98Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (166), August 2006

Tasting Notes
98
California Sine Qua Non 2003 Omega Shea Vineyard

3 Bottle 75cl £425
93
California Sine Qua Non 2003 Papa (Syrah)

1 Case 6 75cl £2,650
98
California Verite 2003 Joie

3 Bottle 75cl £185
95
California Verite 2003 Muse

1 Bottle 150cl £360
95
California Verite 2003 Joie

1 Bottle 150cl £380
95
California Verite 2003 Desir

1 Bottle 150cl £450
99
Italy 2003 Pira & Figli Barolo Cannubi Chiara Boschis -

5 Bottle 75cl £65
93
Italy 2003 Mascarello Barolo Monprivato

[Duty Paid]

1 Bottle 75cl £120
  • Rating

    93

    Release Price

    $94

    Drink Date

    2008 - 2023

    Reviewed by

    Antonio Galloni

    Issue Date

    31st Oct 2007

    Source

    173, The Wine Advocate

    The 2003 Barolo Monprivato is made in an atypically big, powerful style loaded with ripe fruit supported by plenty of structure. It boasts an enticing palate presence and a uniquely intense personality. The classic Monprivato notes of ripe cherries, roses, minerals, flowers and herbs are present, but they don’t have the clarity and precision of the finest vintages. In 2003 Mascarello was more severe than normal in his green harvesting of the vineyard as he wanted to lighten the load on his plants to reduce their stress. He was also helped considerably by the compact, moisture-retentive soils. Readers who prefer more classically-styled versions of Monprivato may want to revisit the 1999 and 2001 although Mascarello told me he prefers the 2003 to the 2001. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2023. Mauro Mascarello is one of the few producers who prefers his 2003 Barolos to his 2001s as he finds they have more power and intensity while also maintaining finesse and a sense of classicism. The wines certainly have more power, but I am not sure I would agree they have more finesse. In any event, his 2003 Barolos are among the best of the vintage, in particular the Santo Stefano di Perno and Monprivato. I also tasted the 2003 Ca’ d’ Morissio from barrel a few months ago, and it is shaping up to be a remarkably rich wine very much in keeping with the style of the vintage. Mascarello hasn’t decided when he will release the 2001 Ca’ d’ Morissio, but it, too, is promising, as is his entire range of 2004 Barolos.  

Tasting Notes
93

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