Château Margaux 2003 : a Margaux with great concentration
Château Margaux is a 1er Cru classified in 1855 in the Margaux appellation. The vines are planted on a gravel hill, characteristic of the appellation. The wine features a precise blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
At tasting, the Château Margaux 2003 develops on the nose a fresh and pure bouquet. One can detect red fruit aromas combined with floral and subtly spicy notes. New wood is exceptionally well integrated. On the palate, the wine has a refined nature and great concentration. The final blend, due to the quality of the pressed juice, reveals high density. The latter allows Château Margaux 2003 to display itself as a strong, powerful and deep red wine with an exceptional length on the palate. The tannic structure is very elegant and silky.
The organoleptic qualities described here are only valid for the year in which this wine was tasted. Naturally, the wine is subject to evolution in the bottle throughout its life, and certain characteristics described in this commentary will no longer apply.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 2003 Margaux is fully mature on the nose. There is ample fruit here, well defined for the vintage with blackberry and cedar, this bottle demonstrating a subtle fungal character that I have not discerned in previous bottles. There are faint scents of rust iron piping that develop with further aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly dry tannin, offering more fruit than the 2003 Valandraud it was paired with: feisty black pepper and allspice finish with a decent aftertaste. There might be better bottles than this, even so, there is probably not another Margaux that touches this First Growth. I see no harm in broaching bottles now and over the next ten years. Tasted December 2016.