THE 03 BORDEAUX DINNER AT RIS IN DC - RIS Restaurant, Washington DC (11/1/2012)
Jim C organized the 03 Bordeaux single blind dinner at RIS restaurant. Eight of us got together in this cost sharing event. As usual it was a good ole time also very educational.
I was extremely impressed with the 03s in general and my ratings felt between 93-97 pts for all wines. Despite the typical vintage characters none seemed to display any burnt characters or prune/raisin albeit very ripe fruit impression was quite obvious. All showed opulent generous sweet fruits but the firm tannin structure was also evident. Although very approachable and enjoyable, they all seem to be very youthful and at the right stage of the development. IMO, these are beautiful wines and there is absolutely no reason to think the wines will rapidly age.
Blind tasting can be really humbling and I was able to correctly guess ZERO wines! The closest was the first two wines which I swapped. It was interesting to note that for me the 03 Cos displayed the ripest fruit where the 03 Pavie showed cool fruit expression although sexy and opulent.
Most of the wines were purchased at EP and all had no issue with provenance. All except the 03 Latour were double decanted. We intentionally served wine cold as the room was a bit too warm.
The 94 Rayas developed beautifully with air, becoming great with four hours of decanting. Both the 96 Krug and the 04 Masseto were incredible as usual. The SQN white is not for everyone as usual but some may love it.
First Bordeaux Flight
The 03 LB was showing extremely well.
Second Bordeaux Flight
Third Bordeaux Flight
What is the chance of both of the Margaux being not correct! Some thought the second bottle showed great for the record.
Fourth Bordeaux Flight
If you are a Pavie fan, buy this wine NOW!
Mystery wine No. 2
We had the 03 La tour Blanche (93 pts) which was good but lacking acidity, the Rieussec (95 pts) which showed better acidity hence precision and the D’Yquem (95 pts) which seemed too reserved.
A last few thoughts;
Although some wines were bit too cold, I definitely prefer the wines to be a bit too cold than too warm.
The 03s show better with at least a couple hours of decanting.
The top 03s are quite youthful and will age like the 90 counterparts.
At least in 2003, FGs are not better than SGs.
2003 LB, LP and CF are some of the best Bordeaux QPRs.
2003 Pavie is coming together beautifully for the Pavie lovers.
The 94 Rayas with air rocks!
It was a great evening sharing great wines with great friends. Thank you Jim for organizing this great event.
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Great notes. I am always interested in feedback of the 03 vintage since that was the first vintage of Bordeaux I purchased at release.
Agree on the 2004 Massetto, it is has been drinking so well since release.
Thanks for the detailed notes. I didn’t buy much of 03 due to the heat, but I agree that the 03 Leoville Barton rocks! Glad to also see that Pontet-Canet showed well as I have a few.
Yes, thanks for taking the time to post these notes. You guys do drink well!
I had both the 2003 Cos and LB this year and enjoyed them, although if pressed they would have scored low 90s in my estimation. I found a lack of balance that I hope more time will iron out.
I love dinners that START with 1996 Krug and 2004 Masseto
Welcome to the 2003 vintage.
Thanks for the notes, dcw.
I had an 03 Leoville Barton not long ago and I agree with PH. I really enjoyed the wine, and gave it 93 points, but I hope it will gain a little complexity with time. The vintage perplexes me, I think the wines will improve, but this one drank too well for a wine of this age/pedigree. Time will tell. I'm not in a rush to open my other 2003s, but OTOH I have a bunch (105 more bottles of 03 bdx) and I won't hesitate to sample through them.
I don't mind the vintage, it's just a little different from other great ones, eventually we'll find out if it was great or not. I pondered opening another 03 tonight, but caved in to a 98 Barolo that had its eyes on me.
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Seriously...one of the best wines I have ever tasted.
"the 03 Pavie showed cool fruit expression although sexy and opulent"
Wasn't this the controversial wine that Parker loved and Robinson hated for being too port-like? How interesting to see the different impression in this tasting. Thanks for your great notes.
I only have a few bottles of 2003 -- Ducru, LB, LP, and Pavie. Would like to taste Cos and Montrose someday, but unwilling to fork over the current tariff for those bottles.
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good thing I listen to neither JR or RP when it comes to port ;-)
it is a very good wine, the sexy and opulent is a good descriptor but it is certainly no port.
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Sounds like an exceptional evening. Great notes - thank you for posting them.
I've had the 03 Leoville Las Cases and Cos D'Estournel and was similarly impressed with both.
Some lower end 03s however (e.g. Batailley) do seem to be on the quick ageing path.
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