The 2003 Grand Vin is identical to the 2002 in its grape blend, 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Merlot, aged for 24 months in French oak, unfined and unfiltered.
From this bottle, it shows great typicity, with the Cabernet dominating. It has a bright and lively demeanor, and the feel of left Bank Bordeaux. The tannins provide grip still on the finish, although the mid-palate is on the lighter side and it thins a bit with air. It is still intense and powerful while remaining flavorful and charming. It expands in the glass and it is still youthful and vibrant, with grip and penetration on the finish. That tannic grip should permit it to age gracefully for several more years. There are hints of olive as it airs out, and it comes into balance rather quickly. I should note that a bottle received in the USA did not show as well as one tasted at the winery. The review is based on the latter. Drink now- 2014