2003 Bordeaux Vintage

The Growing Season

This was Bordeaux’s hottest summer ever! There were 53 days of 30° and 4 days in August hit 40° (over 100° F). Rainfall at only 248mm was 2nd lowest since records began except for 1961, (perhaps the best vintage of the 20th century). As a result of the heat-wave yields are some 35% down on average.

The Vintage

It is generally a left bank vintage, where the existence of clay soils and the preponderance of the later ripening Cabernet Sauvignon grape eased the wine-makers task. In Margaux, St Julien and St Estephe all Chateaux have produced very good wine and the top Chateaux wines are superior to the 2000 vintage.
The communes of Medoc, Haut Medoc, Moulis, Pessac-Leognan and Graves have also made lovely wines and our selection represents the best produced wines of the appellations. Many Medoc Chateaux have produced the greatest wines that they have made for 25 years, superior to the vintages of 1982, 1989, 1990 and 2000.

Château Ducru Beaucaillou 2eme Cru Classe, St Julien, 2003
Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou
Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou 2003
Château Ducru Beaucaillou 2eme Cru Classe, St Julien, 2003  "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...
Château Gruaud Larose 2nd Growth St Julien, Bordeaux, France 2003
Chateau Gruaud Larose
Chateau Gruaud Larose 2003
Château Gruaud Larose 2nd Growth St Julien, Bordeaux, France 2003  For many years Gruaud-Larose was owned by the négociants Cordier, who also own Château Talbot. It was sold in 1993 to the French conglomerate, Alcastel...
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2003
Chateau Mouton Rothschild
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2003
Château Mouton Rothschild 1eme Cru Classé Pauillac 2003  Herve Berland feels that this is an exceptional Mouton, comparable with 1982. Prune like richness and concentration married with exotic spiciness. Brooding and powerful...