2003 Château Margaux

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / MARGAUX
abv 13.0%
  • 98 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • 83 JR
  • 97 JS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    ($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.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 97

    A wine with spices, meat, and very ripe fruit on the nose, with hints of dried flowers. Full bodied, and deeply layered, with loads of fruit and spices. Long and decadent, very complex. Pull the cork after 2013. Find the wine
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Delicate but just a little cooked on the nose. Soft and round and sweet. A bit brutal. (Average group score: 17.4)
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    This shows the heat of the vintage, revealing a hint of torrefaction amid the coffee, tobacco, currant and blackberry aromas, and a decidedly singed plum skin edge along the core of blackberry and black currant flavors. The tannins are fine-grained, the acidity evident and the finish long and beguiling. Great terroirs always let the vintage speak while being able to handle extremes: This is exhibit A.'Non-blind Chƒteau Margaux vertical (December 2013). Drink now through 2035. 10,830 cases made.
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: gd10102
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: Big Winer
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Decanted 2 hours before serving, which aided a nose expressing complex, earthy dark fruit. The wine improved in the glass, so very flavorful, elegant, with supple tannins and a long long finish. And, when the roast leg of lamb was served, lived up to the classic Bordeaux pairing. Fantastic. Let's do it again.
    Drink Dates: 2007-2025
    Author: Miguel L
  • Self | Rating: 94

    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.
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 95

    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+
    Author: taipanli
Chateau Margaux is one of the five First Growths ranked in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. The neo-Palladian style chateau was built in the 18th century by architect Louis Combes for the Marquis de la Colonilla. Chateau Margaux has been well regarded in history and stands among Thomas Jefferson's favorite chateaux. Since 1977, the estate has been directed by the Mentzelopoulos family with winemaking team director Paul Pontallier, cellar master Jean Grangerou and consulting oenologist Emile Peynaud. The vineyards are primarily Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), with the balance composed of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. In addition to the chateau's grand vin, the estate produces a second label called Pavillon Rouge de Chateau Margaux and Pavillon Blanc de Chateau Margaux, a white made from Sauvignon Blanc. Chateau Margaux's finest vintages include 1900, 1928, 1953, 1961, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2003, and 2005.

Margaux is often considered the most "feminine" of the First Growths. It is sensuous with fine tannins that give it a sense of clarity. The wine has dark berry aromas such as boysenberry or blackberries. The bouquet is characterized by ripe black currants, spicy vanilla and violets. A strong minerality is often found in the lengthy finish.

Chateau Margaux, featured in The World of Fine Wine: Chateau Margaux A Deux

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Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 5015 bottles owned
  • 582 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 97
    (Out of 582 collectors)