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Wine vintage rating 2003

What was the vintage 2003 like?

2003 the summer was unbelievably hot, the grapes ripened very early and had to be harvested very early in order not to produce overcooked alcohol bombs. Because the grapes ripened extremely early, Château Cheval Blanc began harvesting on September 1, 2003 (the second half of September is normal). Yields were deliberately kept very small, halved to be precise. With the exception of a few very storable exceptions, the wines are low in acid and therefore ripe early: full-bodied, soft, chocolaty, open.
Very good Barolo are denser in the vintage, with typical aromas of rose, toast and Latritz from the lush tannins of the Nebbiolorebe. Can be stored for a long time and has development potential. In a year that was also extremely hot in Italy, rainfall at the beginning of summer in Tuscany was particularly welcome. They compensated for the later lack of water at least a little.

Weather in the year 2003

January was very mild overall, almost spring-like. After a little snow, there was no more precipitation in February and March. It was again a very dry beginning of the year and spring.

The vegetation advanced very early. The first heat wave then set in in April. The summer was one of the hottest in decades. Numerous forest fires in the south caused problems. Basically, the summery, very dry phase in France lasted uninterrupted from March to the end of August. In August, temperatures in the south exceeded 40°C.

September stayed hot. In addition to the high temperatures, the drought was the big problem. Only October brought the rain back to France.

The current stock of wines from the 2003 vintage

All wines from the 2003 vintage are in our own wine cellar and can be shipped immediately or picked up at the wine shop. To the wines of 2003

Good filling levels, good wine quality

The fill level of an old vintage wine reveals important information on the drinkability of the wine.
Of course, the good condition of a wine from an old vintage depends on excellent storage. Above all, the wine must not have frequently changed cellars. Ideally, the wine will have rested in one and the same wine cellar.

But also the cork that sits in each individual bottle is very important. A perfect cork has few pores and keeps the wine stable. If an inferior cork happens to have been used in a bottle, the porous surface will begin to soak up wine and allow micro-quantities of the liquid to evaporate over the decades. Poor fill levels are the result.

A poor fill level therefore also indicates a high risk that the wine bottle could soon begin to leak.

The fill levels explained:
In the bottle neck (high fill to base neck) about 2 cm is perfect for wines.
Top and upper shoulder, ([very] top shoulder), approx. 3 cm is very good for very old wines.
Medium shoulder (mid shoulder), about 4 cm is only acceptable for rare top wines and in individual cases.
Everything below the red line should not be offered any more.

Wine rating

Do you have a 2003 vintage in your wine cellar and would you like to know how much it is worth?

Here are a few tips: in order to still have any value, the bottle must be leakproof. The wine must not be cloudy. It should be of good quality (not supermarket wine).

Search for the wine online without specifying the vintage. If it is a well-known winery, you will find the wine immediately and also the price you have to pay for the current vintage. If the current wine costs from EUR 20.00 upwards, that's a good sign.