What a superb wine is this 2003 Ch. Arnauld from the Haut-Médoc, located between Margaux and Saint Julien. For its age and considering the difficulty of the vintage, this is a very accomplished Bordeaux and goes down as a highlight of the year for me.
The nose is overtly spicy, with scents of clove and orange bitters among the dark cherry fruit. The palate is full of vigour, featuring tart cherry, cedar, graphite, a touch of vanilla and plentiful acidity. Even the fine grained tannins are well placed in this eighteen year old wine. Impressive stuff. — 3 days ago
1 hour decant (fine/cloudy sediment). A 3rd growth that has gotten better since Caroline Frey took control in 2004. A forbidding inky dark reddish purple. On the nose: some funk that blows off, currant, smoke, minerals, blackberry, and graphite. Taste: creamy, smooth medium plus body wine...Lacks the depth of a great vintage, but goes down fine and easy with dark cherry, cedar, dusty tobacco, currants, little metallic, and some smoked herbs — 23 days ago
Ready to drink just after opening but improves immensely after a few hours of decant.
Fresh black currants & pencil shavings with a savoury green pepper note. So fresh on the palate, with a wonderful presence on the mid palate and very fine, dusty & juicy tannins. Fantastic drinkability. This is in a very fine moment right now - so delicious! — 18 days ago
The differences between Medoc and Haut-Medoc wines are quite evident - please try this one to find out. — 18 days ago
The wines was perfect! It aged so well and showed richness of aromas such as tosted, vanilla, ‘sous bois’, mushrooms, dried berries and figs, and a hint of eucalyptus
The tannins are so velvet, the acidity is refreshing yet and the finish is delicious!
Very good wine!
Grapes: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon e 19% Merlot
French oak: 12 months
Half bottle. Drink now: not suitable for ageing more! — 15 hours ago