The summer heat wave undoubtedly left its mark on this vintage. Very deep purplish-red colour. The oak component comes through first and foremost on the nose at this stage, with mocha and roasted aromas. However, there is bright, attractive jammy fruit (reminiscent of blackberry preserves) in the background, just waiting to open up. 2003 Clos les Lunelles is fairly massive on the palate, with considerable richness typical of the vintage as well as a tight tannic texture. There is a velvety quality on the middle palate and a very long aftertaste. The tannin is quite round and ripe. This wine can be enjoyed as of now, but it is also advised to keep back a few bottles for 3-5 years. Such patience will be richly rewarded.
"This 21+ acre vineyard planted on a clay and limestone plateau consists of 38-year-old Merlot (80%), Cabernet Franc (10%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%). It was acquired by Gerard and Chantal Perse in 2001, and in less than two years has become the reference point winery for the Cotes de Castillon ... not surprising in view of the commitment to excellence exhibited by the Perses. Made from tiny yields of less than 20 hectoliters per hectare, the blockbuster 2003 tips the scales at 13.5% alcohol. It reveals a peppery, spicy, incense-laced bouquet interwoven with black cherry jam, blackberry, and cassis-like aromas. Full-bodied, opulent, long, rich, and persistent, it is the finest wine I have ever tasted from the Cotes de Castillon. Enjoy it over the next 10-15 years."
The Wine Advocate