when they were released, the writer/critics voiced some doubts, mostly based on the unusually hot conditions of the vintage. has anyone been disappointed with their '03s ?
just had a hunch that this winter would be a good time to start opening some 03s, and had a cru bourgeois Haut Medoc, Ch. d'Aurilhac, which cost $12-13. on release over the past two dinners. very well balanced, which for me is the main requirement of an inexpensive bordeaux, plenty of fruit, body, tannin to complement both a lightly smoked chicken that was infused with blood orange, sherry vinegar, several kinds of pepper, garlic, cumin, and the next night's lamb/bison meatballs seasoned w. trans-Mediterranean spices and simmered with pork sausage, dried fruits, potatoes, red bell pepper, black olives. the wine was unobtrusively sweet, savoury, a touch of sweet herb (some might say 'minty'), medium finish, no alcohol warmth to speak of from what was said to be an unusually hot, ripe year.