2003 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac
This has very ripe fruit, but not overripe. Hints of prunes but mostly currants and spices on the nose, mainly cinnamon. Full-bodied with firm tannins yet polished and velvety. It still has an incredible freshness. I love it. Try it after 2015, but enjoy this now if you cannot wait.
Normally one of the most elegant of Pauillacs, the 2003 is big and dense. These dark tannins mask delicious black fruit, flavors of spice and layers of acidity. This is going to develop relatively fast, despite the density of the wine, just because it is so rich.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep red. Flamboyantly expressive aromas of raspberry, currant, earth, smoked meat, chocolate and pepper. Fat, full and voluptuous yet somehow light on its feet. This has a texture of liquid velvet. Wonderfully opulent wine with considerable inner-palate flavor complexity: raspberry, game, leather, mocha and chocolate. Finishes with very fine-grained tannins that coat the entire palate. A wonderful success for the year, and a wine that can be enjoyed already, even if its sheer material promises 15 to 20 years of life in bottle. (ST)
Very pretty aromas of plum, blackberry, chocolate, espresso and cherry follow through to a full-bodied palate, with ultrasilky tannins, refined fruit and a long, caressing finish. This is fine and refined with a wonderful texture. (JS)
Transparent ruby colour. Nose warm, ripe, pruny. Palate has confit fruit and open-knit structure. Easy, slightly light in the middle, but with pleasant, soft length. Mid-term. Drink 2009-19.
On opening: Dark crimson still. Though the rim is decidedly pale already. Introvert and a bit closed on the nose. But attractive sweetness on the palate - just not very intricate in terms of flavours and with some dry tannins on the finish. I can't really see this ever shedding those dry tannins and acquiring real interest. I hope I am proved wrong... From the decanter two hours later, with grouse: The wine was transformed. Beautifully expressive, the tannins much rounder, the whole thing quite supple enough. Instructive!