2003 Coufran, Haut-Médoc
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This primarily Merlot-based wine represents an excellent effort from this property. This deep plum/ruby/purple-tinged hussy boasts plenty of jammy black cherry fruit interwoven with notions of smoke, vanilla, and white chocolate. It is a sexy, up-front, fleshy effort with low acidity as well as abundant fruit, glycerin, and texture. Consume it over the next 7-8 years.
Lots of plum, berry and cherry aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a long finish. Very tight now. Give it time. Best after 2007.
According to Robert Parker: "After twenty-five years of tasting the newest Bordeaux vintage at approximately six months of age, I have never seen a year as irregular and fascinating as 2003. This is not surprising given the historic extremes of weather France endured in June, July, and August, 2003. The marketplace perception is that this is an exceptional vintage with a personality not dissimilar from such hot vintages as 1990, 1982, and possibly ancient years such as 1959 and 1947. While there are offerings that recall the 1982s or 1990s at a similar stage (fortunately, I am not old enough to have tasted the 1947s or 1959s at six months of age), the 2003 vintage is different for many reasons. The most striking feature about the eight days I spent tasting the 2003s was that I felt like I was tasting five or six different vintages, a sentiment I never before experienced. Some wines were reminiscent of 1990, a few of 1982, but others had more in common with 1991, 1989, and 1975. The vintage is frightfully irregular, but some profoundly great wines were produced, particularly in the most favored sector, the northern Médoc." (Preliminary barrel tasting report, 04/2004)