Reviews of Château Margaux 2003
After the extreme weather conditions in the summer, we might well have expected a warm, alcohol-rich nose with very ripe fruit to the fore, black fruit, even baked fruit. However, what we actually have, literally jumping out of the glass, are red berry fruit aromas, freshness and purity. We can even find, as in 96 and 2000, a mingling of floral and slightly spicy notes, coming through delightfully in this very complex cocktail, in which the new oak has already been totally integrated, as if it had been “digested” by the body of the wine.
And what body! We knew, of course, that all the wines were extremely concentrated. It has to be said that when you add, so to speak, a very low yield to the hot weather conditions in the summer, plus the blending, in which there was an excellent press wine, the result is a wine which possesses a density which has been unparalleled in recent vintages. This density gives the wine not just power and strength, but depth and length too; and above all, a tannic structure which is so tightly-knit that its texture has taken on a silky feel.
A lot has been said, this year, about acidity and the mysteries of it. It is true that grapes have rarely been picked at such low levels of acidity as in 2003. And yet, through the combination of the acids being produced during the fermentation process, a lesser tartaric acid precipitation and a low malic acid content, we have ended up today with a total acidity which is exactly the average of the last 20 vintages. This vintage, with its extreme weather conditions (as we thought), has in fact given birth to a great classic claret!
Alcohol content: 13,5%
Serve between 12ºC and 16ºC
Optimal consumption period: 2003-2028
We recommend to decant the wine 1 hour before serving
Pairing: Aged Cheese, Game Animals, Grilled Red Meats, Legume, Roasts, Stews.
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