Lots of aromas of roasted fruit, such as blueberries and raisins, and spices. It has full body with plenty of velvety tannins and a long, slightly chewy finish. Needs another two or three years to come together but outstanding now.
A hot, dry summer resulted in a tiny production of under 10,000 cases of 2003 Ducru Beaucaillou from yields of 35 hectoliters per hectare. This beauty boasts a deep plum/ruby/purple color with a touch of lightening at the edge. Aromas of licorice, creme de cassis, incense and spring flowers are followed by a full-bodied, opulent wine with loads of fruit and glycerin as well as a plush texture. It is just entering its plateau of maturity where it should remain for another 10-15 years.
Alluring aromas and flavors of warm fig bread, espresso, roasted mesquite and blackberry confiture are fleshy and impressively rendered, with a noticeable plum skin and toothy loamy edge. Shows a bit more juicy energy than most in this retrospective, but doesn't quite reach next-level quality.—Blind '01/'03/'05 Bordeaux retrospective (December 2017). Drink now through 2032. 17,500 cases made.
This is a solid, powerful wine packed with tannins and heavy black fruits. As so often, Ducru is taking its time, and this wine is still knitting itself together. But in future years, watch for the generosity, the richness as well as the finesse and freshness. Imported by Diageo Chateau & Estates.
Still a bright appearance, with plenty of life, even vigour, on the nose. The aroma of roasted fruits, but not a roasted aroma per se. The palate demonstrates the idiocy of those who describe 2003 as a ‘New World’ vintage, whatever that means: the extreme heat is here expressed as a Mediterranean style, with rustic tannin and a sort of Tuscan-tomato flavour. It is far from classic, but a good drink in the shortish term
It has style, character and charm. But it's already advanced for its age, showing a lot of secondary, smoke, tobacco, cedar, cigar, earth and fig notes. The wine tastes mature, but the finish is quite charming, with its sweet, ripe, roasted fruits.