2003 will remain in the memory as the year of a heatwave summer and an early vintage. After a cold and dry winter, 37% less rain fell in the spring than the average for the last 40 years. August was exceptionally hot, with temperatures frequently rising above 40° C and less rainfall than normal for the season.
However the vines, being deeply-rooted, never really suffered from a lack of water and produced a crop of healthy, richly coloured and tannic grapes.Oenological sheet
The wine has a beautifully intense, garnet hue and a highly refined nose, rather typical of Cabernet, on aromas of blackcurrant and cedarwood along with caramel and stewed fruit.
The attack is lush, the palate rich, on stylish, well-rounded tannins; fruit flavours rub shoulders with spice, Havana cigar and eucalyptus. The finish is very expressive, long and powerful, harmonious and silky.
Mouton Rothschild 2003 is one of the great successes of recent years.
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