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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 £1,200£1,140
  • 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 Ducru Beaucaillou

1 Case 12 75cl £1,490£1,425
  • A hot, dry summer resulted in a tiny production of under 10,000 cases of 2003 Ducru Beaucaillou from yields of 35 hectoliters per hectare. This beauty boasts a deep plum/ruby/purple color with a touch of lightening at the edge. Aromas of licorice, creme de cassis, incense and spring flowers are followed by a full-bodied, opulent wine with loads of fruit and glycerin as well as a plush texture. It is just entering its plateau of maturity where it should remain for another 10-15 years.

     

Tasting Notes
94
Red Bordeaux 2003 Carruades de Lafite

1 Case 6 150cl £2,750
  • Parker A spectacular value as well as a sleeper of the vintage is the 135,000-bottle cuvee of 2003 Carruades de Lafite (50% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc). This amazing effort rivals such superb second wines as the 1989 Bahans-Haut-Brion and 1982 Forts de Latour. A serious red, it is sexy, opulent, rich, and luscious with silky tannin, enormous body, and wave after wave of mocha-infused black cherry and cassis fruit. It is almost too good to be believed. While drinkable now, it should evolve for 12-15 years or longer.

Tasting Notes
93
White Bordeaux 2003 Suduiraut

1 Case 12 75cl £275
  • Rating

    90

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Neal Martin

    Issue Date

    28th Jun 2013

    Source

    207, The Wine Advocate

    Ex-chateau bottle tasted blind in Sauternes. To be honest, this vintage of Suduiraut has never been thrilling and is certainly not in the same class as the 2001 or 2009, to give two examples. The nose is powerful and rich with scents of Clementine, beeswax and quince that certainly pack a punch. The palate is spicy on the viscous entry with bitter orange, marmalade and stem ginger, although the glycerine-rich finish is missing some freshness and tension. This remains an unashamedly hedonistic Suduiraut. Tasted April 2013.

Tasting Notes
90
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
Red Burgundy Bachelet, Denis 2003 Charmes Chambertin Vielles Vignes

2 Bottle 75cl £325£299
  • 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

2 Bottle 150cl £495
Red Burgundy Dujac 2003 Clos Saint Denis

1 Bottle 75cl £515£490
  • Domaine Dujac
    2003
    Clos St.-Denis
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 91-94
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2005
    Drink: 2015+
    Issue: 17
    Producer note: Jacques Seysses, and his son Jeremy who is responsible for the Fils et Père and the white wines, said that they had an extended harvest which began on August 25th and continued until September 8th, noting that "sugars were exceptional, coming in between 13 and 15.5%. The vintage was an intellectual challenge because at first it wasn't entirely evident as to which way we should go given the characteristics of the raw materials the vintage gave us. We decided to go with a short, fast and high intensity fermentation with more punch downs than usual but over a shorter period, which is to say 4 times a day but only for 10 days rather than 14. Yields were down fully 50% and to better manage the lack of volume, we did 100% whole cluster fermentations (no destemming). We did correct the acidities for some wines though interestingly, we found that acidities actually rose during fermentations. The sugars were sufficiently high that a number of wines actually finished their fermentations in barrel because we didn't want to leave the musts in contact with the pomace for too long a time. We also used a bit more new oak than usual though this was as much a function of the reduced quantities than any particular desire to use more wood. We'll bottle in January as usual as we see no reason to rush matters." The Dujac '02s reviewed here all came in at the top of their predicted ranges and they are, as a group, extremely impressive. (Wilson-Daniels Ltd., St. Helena, CA and Chambers & Chambers, San Francisco, CA for southern California; Morris & Verdin, O.W. Loeb, Howard Ripley and Lay & Wheeler, UK).
    Maison Dujac Fils et Père:
    Tasting note: Very heavy reductive notes presently hide the nose but the flavors are fresh, intense and beautifully textured as the sap buffers the firm and ripe tannins. Like the Charmes, this is a big wine by the usual standards of Clos St. Denis with ample power and volume with a palate staining finish and length to burn.
     

Tasting Notes
94
White Burgundy Bertagna 2003 Corton Charlemagne

1 Bottle 75cl £75
Rhone Mordoree 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape La Plume du Peintre

12 Bottle 75cl £260
99
Rhone Guigal 2003 Cote Rotie Trio Assortment - Mouline Landonne Turque -

2 Case 3 75cl £1,150
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
Australia 2003 Ten Minutes by Tractor Pinot Noir Reserve

1 Case 6 75cl £210
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 Omega Shea Vineyard

3 Bottle 75cl £385
93
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 Papa (Syrah)

1 Case 6 75cl £2,400
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 Giuseppe 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
Italy 2003 Quintarelli Valpolicella Classico Superiore

3 Bottle 150cl £130
Vintage Port 2003 Fonseca

[Duty Paid]

1 Case 12 75cl £360
  • 2003 Fonseca Vintage Port

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    A Proprietary Blend Sweet Red Port wine from
    Portugal, Douro, Portugal

             
           
    Source Reviewer Rating Maturity Current (Release) Cost

    eRobertParker.com #207
    Jun 2013 Neal Martin 92 Drink: N/A
    The 2003 Fonseca has a rich, well-defined bouquet of black cherries, aniseed, kirsch and dark chocolate that is heady and seductive. The palate is full-bodied with sweet ripe fig and mulberry notes forming the entry. There is fatness here, a viscosity that coats the mouth, although fortunately there is acidity to keep everything in balance. Warm on the finish, a hint of eau-de-vie lingers after the Port has departed. This is a harlot of a Port, but there is nothing wrong with that once in a while – just not every year! Tasted May 2013.

Tasting Notes
92
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