Bright yellow-gold. Spicy, ripe, complex aromas of peach, apricot, orange and nutmeg. Juicy, shapely and sweet, with lovely inner-mouth lift and aromatic character. High-toned and expressive but also quite fresh and precise for the year. Finishes impressively long and firm. A very strong performance for this chateau, and a good value.
|Score: 92||Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, July 2006|
|Score: 90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006|
|Score: 89/92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005|
It is against my better judgment to taste the sweet wines of Barsac and Sauternes at such an early age, as I find they typically require at least 12 months to reveal the definition/delineation so essential in these creamy, creme brulee, and honeysuckle-flavored offerings. Nevertheless, because this vintage is so highly regarded, I tasted through most of the top estates. The 2003s appear to be somewhat in the style of the 1990s, with high levels of residual sugar (higher than 2001 for the most part) as well as botrytis, low acidity, and fat, full-bodied personalities. This region’s harvest began extremely early (early September), and was completely finished within three weeks. It does not appear that the nobleness and racy richness of the 2001 vintage will be found in the 2003s, but readers who like the big, flamboyant, over the top style of the 1990s will enjoy the 2003s even more than I did.
Unlike most of my red wine tastings, this offering was only tasted once. Readers should keep in mind that this a very early, pre-bottling judgment from very unevolved wine that is not nearly as defined and easy to evaluate as the reds.
|Score: 89/92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (152), April 2004|
Wow. This shows superintense aromas of dried pineapple, apple tart and pecan pie with honey. Full-bodied and medium-sweet, with lovely honey character and a medium finish. Not as good as the 2001. Best after 2009. 2,500 cases made. -JS
|Score: 89||James Suckling, Wine Spectator, March 2006|
Greenish gold. Nutty, green almond nose - lots of refreshment. Pear juice character with some botrytis. A very attractive package with positive attack. This should age well. Bumptious rather than very fine.
|Score: 17+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, August 2005|
|Score: 16.5||Farr Vintners, Southwold Bordeaux Tasting, January 2007|
Limestone backed honey and lemon nose - fresh and fairly concentrated; very sweet; very pure, fresh and minerally; long, well defined, classy Barsac style and balance.
|Score: 16+||Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine (1), April 2004|