Anybody drinking 2003 Red Burgundy ?

Representing more vintage as the terroir, with yields greatly reduced by the atypical conditions, quantities of the top wines are even more scarce than usual. I Think low entry red Burgundy’s in the hands of the better producers, can be quite good, at least for the short term. They’re not as bad as 2003 white Burgundies.

Today from a big Burgundy négociant house a 2003 Joseph Drouhin Côte de Nuits Villages; Black-fruit and spice aromas, soft ample palate with fairly low tannin; fresh, round, and upfront. Complete, well balanced, ready now and a great value!

Hi Barry,

Back then I didn’t like what I tried, so I didn’t buy any. My problem was, for me, they didn’t taste like PN. More like S. Rhone. Over time I did taste a couple of exceptions.

Anyway, 03 is represented in my cellar by all of 1 bottle (same as 04).

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I think there is a vintage character…from the heat and drought conditions, that dominates every wine I’ve had from the vintage. The effect is that the alcohol is what’s left on the finishes of most of them. I had/opened a 2003 Savigny-les-Beaune recently…that fit right into this…and it was from a producer who, I know, took great pains to keep the raisins out of the mix, by buying a special sorting table from Bordeaux that dropped out any small/raisined grapes…

If you don’t like the character (and I don’t)…it’s a problem, as there is no chance it will really change…ever. So, I don’t think they can be “quite good” to my criteria…in the long or short term. Will they last? Maybe…as alcohol can be a preservative.

A 2003 Clerget Volnay Caillerets last week was open, not overly ripe, and ready to drink. And at $50 in a wine store in Paris, a great deal. I only have a few bottles of the vintage mostly due to all the early negative reviews. Last year the Clos de Tart was juicy and ripe and good, but I’m waiting on the La Tache.

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I’ve liked the few 2003 Red Burgs that I’ve tried in recent years, but that probably only further confirms how uncool those wines are to the WB / AFWE set.

A RSV/Cathiard 2003 - in my comparative Vosne-tasting 2 weeks ago - was wonderful - not hot at all … really accessable if certainly quite youthful.

The “problem” with 2003 for me is not “overripeness”, but a roasted character I found in almost every wine…from the heat and drought conditions. Many have a lack of balancing acidity because the vines shut down under the drought conditions. Many, particularly the better wines, were acidified by the winemakers, which is very difficult to do artfully.

Since I don’t like that roasted character, at all…and since I don’t like wines that have mainly alcohol on the finish, I don’t like 2003. I also think it has nowhere good to go…though it might last in many cases, since alcohol is a good preservative. But, IMO, it will never lose its strong vintage character…

Opened a 2003 Lambrays Clos a couple weeks ago and was really happy with it. Most of us at dinner expected a warm, overly juicy fruit without the minerality that Lambrays can have. It was, however, nicely balanced and drinking well.

03 Rousseau chambertin was incredible. If blinded I would have never guessed 03

Stewart, could you please so kind as to provide a list of the 2003’s you have had in the last 6-12 months? This would help place your comments into a context as the other posters have been specific in their replies whereas your response is very general and high level.



Brody, The only one I’ve had in the past 6 months is Patrice Rion’s Savigny-les-Beaune.

I’m not talking about how they’re doing recently, though…I realize the thread is about current drinking. The one I drank last fall was very much in the character I’ve described. I bought a few of them because I thought that they were least objectionable among those available…and I did not want to spend “big” money on a vintage I did not like.

I am talking “in general” about the vintage…not about specific wines or how they might be doing at 9+ years old. My opinions on the vintage character were formed during a week long visit to Burgundy in 2004 and another in 2007, where I tasted lots of 2003s…and bought less than a case total.

So basically no experience about how the vintage is drinking now. Ok got it.

I had the same about 2-3 weeks ago and had the same impression. Great wine!

And, no opinion about how the vintage is “drinking now”, either. Even from reading the anecdotal responses here.

One Rousseau certainly doesn’t provide that info any more than one Savigny does.

Got it.

Only difference is I’m not silly enough to give a detailed opinion of how good or bad a vintage is based on one wine.

Neither am I. That one wine is almost irrelevant to my opinion on the vintage, as I’ve explained above.

Got it?

Had this with Fu. Loved it, wish I had more. Just my opinion of this one bottle and not of the vintage.

Last year I sampled a couple dozen 2003s.
Do a search under my name to get the low down on my take.


Somewhere I have a couple of bottles of the 03 Comte Armand Pommard Clos des Epeneaux. Anyone have a view on when they should be opened?