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2003 Margaux 750ml
2003 Margaux
France - Bordeaux - Margaux / First Growth
Red / Bordeaux Blend
2003 Margaux
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Professional Reviews

IWC
96

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 126

($399-$425) Full, saturated red-ruby. Knockout nose combines redcurrant, tropical chocolate, leather, woodsmoke and nutty oak with exotic chocolate mint and coffee liqueur; still manages to retain floral lift even in this beastly vintage. Then wonderfully fat, sweet and full, even if it comes across as almost heavy following the ineffable 2005 and 2004 examples. But "relatively inelegant" for Margaux still suggests a degree of refinement that few chateaux can match in the greatest vintages. A hugely rich and dense wine that finishes with elevated but ripe tannins and great length, with a subtle suggestion of dry spices. Pontallier says the terroir will take over in 20 years, "like with the '82." Splendid.

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WA
99

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 164

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.

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WS
98

Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

Ultraconcentrated, with layers and layers of fruit and superfine tannins. Plenty of fruit, mineral and meat character. Full-bodied yet refined and classy, it coats your palate with gorgeous fruit and ripe tannins. Truly superb. One of the wines of the vintage. 10,830 cases made.

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Community Reviews

96

taipanli Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 12/23/2010

Very elegant and refined. Superb balance in spite of its youth. Still plenty of evolving to come but this is splendid Chateau Margaux. Will be very happy drinking my stock in 5-10 years. 50+9+8+19+9=95+

97

Big Winer Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 05/07/2010

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98

gd10102 Trust Rating: 81 Tasted On: 09/30/2009

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99

dave1161 Trust Rating: 14 Tasted On: 12/24/2008

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94

Brad Coelho Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 06/18/2008 Drink Dates: 04/01/2008 Site Blog: Unidentified Appellation

Sweet cherry, vanilla, coffee and soft red fruit nose was inviting, but seemed a tad superficial to me at this point (yeah I know it's primary, but...c'mon). Notes of merlot-esque plummy spice, cola, tobacco and mineral in the palate had me thinking right bank all the way (oops). The focus on the finish improved w/ time, still loaded w/ sweet oak. Tasty as hell, but didn't seem to have the same class as I'd hoped.

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