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2003 Margaux Bordeaux Blend - France - Bordeaux - Margaux - Red - First Growth

France - Bordeaux - Margaux

Red Bordeaux Blend - First Growth
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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... More »

Score
WA 98
97
JR 16.5
IWC 96
WS 98
Drink Dates
Comm: 2007-2025 WA: 2014-2034 WS: 2012+
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IWC 96
Source International Wine Cellar
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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JR 16.5
Source Jancis Robinson
Drink Dates 2010-2018

Delicate but just a little cooked on the nose. Soft and round and sweet. A bit brutal. (Average group score: 17.4)

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WA 98
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 214
Drink Dates 2014-2034

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.

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WS 98
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2012+

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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Author taipanli
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.845%
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+

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Author Big Winer
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 88.235%
Tasted On 05/07/2010
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Author gd10102
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 80.795%
Tasted On 09/30/2009
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Author dave1161
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 13.725%
Tasted On 12/24/2008
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Author Brad Coelho
Site / Blog Unidentified Appellation Trust Rating 97.154%
Tasted On 06/18/2008
Drink Dates 04/01/2008

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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Author Miguel L
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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 12/25/2007
Drink Dates 2007-2025

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.

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