2003 Wine and Port Vintage

Vintage Port: A general declaration of vintage, the 2003 produced classic Vintage Port. This year's wines have great traditional tannic structure with attractive ripe fruit flavours.
 
Italian: In Piedmont, as elsewhere, the heat wave shrivelled grapes and resulted in some unbalanced musts, although the oldest vines in Barolo and Barbaresco managed to withstand the weather and yield some exceptional wines. As for Tuscany, very difficult heat wave conditions were felt in all but the highest vineyards of Chianti Classico. For this reason, Tuscan 2003 wines tend to be fairly unbalanced.
 
Bordeaux: The hot summer months of June and July, followed by an August heatwave, set the Bordeaux 2003 wine vintage apart from recent years. On tasting, the tannins are rather prominent in many wines. Many of the wines, particularly on the left bank, are very 'new world' in style, frequently displaying super-ripe blackberry, plum and cherry characteristics. Sauternes also showed well, with a number having very good freshness alongside a rich weight of residual sugar and botrytis (noble rot). A 2003 Bordeaux, whether dry or sweet, would make a brilliant 18 year old wine gift for an anniversary celebration this year.
 
Burgundy: In Burgundy a small proportion of monumental wines from old vines were produced this heatwave year, but generally the frail Pinot Noir grape suffered raisining and made some very unusual wines indeed, some of which provided good, luscious drinking when tasted in 2008. Dry tannins are expected to make their presence increasingly felt over time.
 
Champagne: Spring frosts followed by one of the hottest summers on record led to small volumes and typically very ripe wines of middling quality. However, 2003 did produce some fine Pinot Noir-dominant blends.
 
Spain: The growing season in Spain was made difficult by drought, however those producers who looked after their vines produced excellent, intensely concentrated wines.

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2003 Burmester Port, 2003

Vintage Port
In Branded Gift Box

This 2003 Burmester Vintage Port from the very good 2003 Port Vintage has outstanding provenance! This bottle has been stored at the Burmester cellars on Porto since bottling until it was acquired by us earlier this year.

The 2003 Burmester has a dark colour with some lightning on the edge. On the nose there are black cherries intertwined with dark fruits and berries. On the nose it has Morelloi cherry and dark fruits. Still some tannins as this wine has not quite reached maturity. Good notes and a long finish - one to hold for a few years. 90/100 TC 6/21
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Blandys Madeira, 2003

Bual Colheita Madeira (H/Litre, 50cl)
Includes Original Gift Box

A 2003 vintage madeira wine. Golden colour with green reflections. Characteristic bouquet of Madeira with exotic wood, dry fruits, dates, vanilla, cacau and finetoasted oak. Medium sweet and full bodied, with a long toffee and vanilla aftertaste.

Blandy’s Colheita Bual 2003 was aged for 12 years in seasoned American oak casks in the traditional ‘Canteiro’ system, where by the wine is gently heated by warm air in the lofts of the company’s south-facing lodge in Funchal. Over the years the casks are transferred from the top floor to the middle floor and eventually to the ground floor where it is cooler.
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Chateau Haut Bailly, 2003

Graves Grand Cru Classe

** 90-92 Points (Outstanding ) Robert Parker ***

Reviews:
"Deep ruby/purple with a wonderful nose of roasted herbs and scorched earth, this wine has sweet cherry and black currant fruit notes along with hints of graphite and toasty oak. While pure, rich, and more powerful than usual, it remains elegant and precise, characteristics of this stylish wine. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2023.

This property is making impressive wines under the new administration of American Robert Wilmers backed up by his winemaking team led by Veronique Sanders. I have consistently had a tendency to underrate the wines young since they are relatively delicate,
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Chateau Pontet Canet, 2003

Pauillac 5me Cru Classe

95 / 100 Robert Parker

One of the great successes of the vintage and certainly one of the most profound Pontet-Canets made over the last decade is the 2003. Deep purple to the rim with a glorious nose of scorched earth, black currant jam, smoke, licorice, and roasted meats, it is full-bodied, incredibly powerful, dense, with low acidity but high tannin, broad-shouldered, and savory. This is a stunning, pure, classic Pontet-Canet.


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Price: £129.00
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Dow's Port, 2003

Vintage Port

An outstanding 2003 vintage Port Wine from Dow's Port.
Reviews:
"The complex aromatics of the opaque, black-colored 2003 Dow Vintage Port display chocolate, dried oak, black cherries, blackberries, copious spices, and a myriad flowers. This fresh, backward wine offers a medium to full-bodied, deeply concentrated core of spice-laced dark fruits. Softly-textured and seductive in the mid-palate, it boasts abundant layers of candied Damson plums, blueberries, black cherries, molasses, and hints of chocolate before revealing its firm structure. Extremely youthful and primary, this exceptional effort demands patience.
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Fonseca Port, 2003

Vintage port

A Port Wine from the outstanding 2003 vintage from the Fonseca quintas of the Douro valley, Portugal. One of the greatest wine regions in the world. Scoring 95+ points.

"Wild aromas, with flowers, blackberries and passion fruit. Full-bodied, massive on the palate. Medium-sweet. The finish goes on for minutes. A mega young Port. Fonseca. What do you expect?. 95 - 100/100 points." - James Suckling, Wine Spectator - Apr-05

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Fonseca Port, 2003

Vintage Port MAGNUM 1.5L

A 2003 vintage Port Wine from Fonseca. This is a rare Magnum format from Fonseca. They produce wine in quintas in the Douro valley, Portugal, where the unique weather and soil conditions produce some of the greatest Port Wine in the world.

Fine deep colour with brick red edge. Good depth of nose, sweet and harmonious, some spirit on the nose, rich, soft touches of dark chocolate and cherry (cherry tomato). Harmonious, elegant wine, some fine structure with exciting hints of spice and mint, very focused fruit, soft. A delightful Vintage Port now with good tannins to take it to old age. Appears softer than usual.
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Price: £175.00
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Kopke Port, 2003

Vintage Port

The 2003 Kopke Vintage Port still has a very dark core with a little lightning on the edge. Familiar Kopke notes of dark cherries and red fruits,. On the palate quite mature for its age and setting down nicely for the next decade or so. Jammy fruit and red berries - medium mouthfeel and a fresh, long finish. Very good. TC VWP 91/100 6/21

A 2003 vintage port wine. Kopke Port is the oldest port house. Established in 1638 by Nicolau Kopke and his son Cristiano, who came to Portugal as representatives of the Hanseatic League, the House has been run through the generations by several representatives of the Kopke family, obtaining an excellent reputation for its wines.
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Kopke Port, 2003

Colheita Port

A 2003 vintage Colheita Port Wine from Kopke Port. The 2003 Kopke Single Harvest has an intense red colour with a tawny halo. Presents a complex bouquet of dried fruits, standing-out the spicy notes. Sophisticated and delicate in taste. Good structure, well-balanced acidity and a pleasant unctuousness. Long and persistent finish.

Enjoy this exemplary port lightly chilled with fruity desserts like tarte tatin, creme brulée or Christmas pudding, even rich chocolate mousse. The classic pairing of Stilton cheese is also excellent, as are ripe tropical fruits.

Kopke Port is the oldest port house.
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Kopke Port, 2003

White Colheita Port with Kopke branded box

A 2003 vintage Port Wine. The 2003 Kopke White port has a cool, light-amber color. This unique white colheita derives from the traditional white grapes of the Porto e Douro region. Starting with aromas of a Pear Clafouti and burnt sugar, this elegant port delivers luscious flavors of Japanese pear-apple, with accents of hazelnut, nutmeg and orange zest. The lingering grapefruit finish provides the perfect balance for the sweetness.

Food Pairing:
Shows finesse and sophistication when combined with caramel desserts, dried fruits and spices, like caramel fondant with apple and ginger jelly, tatin tart, burnt cream and Cheeses of minimum intensity.
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Messias Port, 2003

Vintage Port - SINGLE BOTTLE 75cl

A 2003 vintage Port Wine. Full-bodied, fine aroma and taste, remarkable notes of wild fruits, subtle and pleasant vanilla, which is achieved by the maturity in old, used barrels. On the palate, tannins can be of great personality find evenly and excellent. Pleasant and long aftertaste.


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Niepoort Port, 2003

Vintage Port

Niepoort is a family company now in its fifth generation and presently managed by Dirk Niepoort. Despite being the second smallest shippers in the trade they are second to none in quality. Already famous for their classic tawny ports, they have now joined the ranks of the great producers of Vintage Port.

The 2003 has a vivid, intense colour. Intense, herb, spicy nose. Massively concentrated rich, firm palate with lovely spicy tannins providing structure. Rich, full-on style. Excellent
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Pocas Port, 2003

Vintage Port

Deep red color, almost opaque. Intense fruity aromas. Mouth full with soft tannins. long finish.
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Pocas Port, 2003

Colheita (Single Harvest) Port

Mahogany colour, aroma a bit closed, with notes of marmalade, dried apricots and hazelnuts. Very well in the mouth, with class and is not being too oily, gives a good proof, elegant and good ending.
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Quinta de la Rosa, 2003

Vintage Port

La Rosa's classic house style achieved by slow maceration in traditional granite 'Lagares' has produced a wine full of luscious forward fruit with a very attractive nose and a long velvety slightly drier finish across the palate

La Rosa is a vertically integrated Quinta rising to 450 metres above sea level, boasting many hidden micro climates within its cirtilage. Where possible we vintage and mature these small 'lotes' separately in order to achieve the maximum complexity in the finished ports, which would not have been possible from a less diversely planted property.

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Price: £89.00
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Quinta do Noval Port, 2003

Vintage Port

An outstanding 2003 vintage Port Wine.
Reviews: "The inky, purple-colored, opaque 2003 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port soars from the glass, revealing dates, black cherries, copious flowers, and plums. Full-bodied, broad, and lush, this top-flight wine is harmonious and exhibits stupendous purity of fruit. Blueberries, cherries, and candied strawberries can be found in its nuanced, lengthy, plum-laced core as well as in its immensely long, dried berry-tinged finish. Drink this beauty between 2020 and 2045+." - 94 / 100 points, P Rovani, eRobert Parker.


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Price: £99.00
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Quinta do Vesuvio, 2003

Vintage Port

A 2003 vintage Port Wine from Quinta do Vesuvio Port.

95/100 Points - Wine Spectator

The 2003 Vesuvio is of superb quality, possessing Vesuvio's lovely scented nose of violets, layers of opulent blackcurrant fruit and a powerful, tightly knit structure suggesting
great longevity. The overall harmony of this wine is astonishing, even at this young stage. The wine will bring great pleasure throughout its long life.

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Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port, 2003

Vintage Port

A 2003 vintage Port Wine. The structured, ungenerous dark ruby-colored 2003 Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port offers a nose of tobacco, smoke, and black fruits. Its tannic character exhibits flavors of stones, black plums, blackberries, boysenberries, and hints of cigar box. Appealingly expressive yet firm, this wine softened slightly over a 4 day period, revealing notes of spicy molasses. It will be at its best between 2018 and 2028.

"Purplish crimson. Vigorous, savoury, not especially sweet. Grown-up vintage port. Lovely weight and integration. Already hints at complex flavours to come. Great charge of all the elements needed.
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Price: £65.00
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Warre's Vintage Port, 2003

Vintage Port

A vintage 2003 Port Wine from Warre's Vintage Port. Warre's Port was first founded by two Englishmen in 1670.

"Black pepper, sealing wax, spices, and toast are found in the nose of the potentially exceptional 2003 Warre Vintage Port. A concentrated, backward effort, its youthful, classically ungenerous, masculine character reveals black pepper laced dark fruits. Silky-textured in its immensely endowed mid-palate, this top-flight effort displays an admirably long, tannin-filled finish. It will require serious cellaring. Projected maturity: 2030-2050." - 93 / 100 points, Pierre Rovan, Wine Advocate.
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