(Glass; Riedel Sommeliers Bordeaux Grand Cru)
No decanting time as I simply took the bottle directly from my wine cabinet and poured. An incredible seductive nose of vanilla toasted oak, Tuscan inner warmth, herbs, liquorices, and yet still a brilliant inner coolness. Of course some of the natural coolness came from the fact that the bottle was served at a rather cool temperature, but it gave it this ravishing sense of wind blown animal fur. The taste is yummy – brilliant freshness and the Tuscan soil warmth with firm structure and backbone. After we had drunk 2/3 of the bottle, I rested it and two hours later I had the last 1/3. Rather surprisingly evolvement and not a positive one. The wine had gained a lot of warmth even if I had rested it rather cool – but the fresh attack from the initial opening was now overtaken but way too much flabby sweetness and lack of focus and nerve. Maybe it’s not that approachable after all. Overall – still a good experience – the start still stands as a good memory, even if the 2003 will not reach the highs of such vintages as, 1997, 1999 & 2001.