2003 Bordeaux Wine Buying Guide Tips on Best Value Wines

This is a list of the top 2003 Bordeaux wines in the market for the money today. These are the top Bordeaux wines that combine quality with character and price.

2003 Bordeaux offers a unique, opulent, exotic style of wine. 2003 Bordeaux has the ability to offer pleasure at an early age, many of these wines are worth seeking out. But anyone who thinks 2003 Bordeaux is the product of a vintage of the century is mistaken. As a vintage, 2003 Bordeaux is uneven. But the best wines are stunning examples of Bordeaux at its best. The exotic style I mentioned earlier cannot be found in other vintages. At least for me, I want something different in a wine. Ordinary is boring. The best 2003 Bordeaux are going to be considered modern day legends when they mature. But the best 2003 Bordeaux wines make up a very a short list and frankly, many wines should be avoided, while others are fine, but not great.

2003 Bordeaux is not going to win an award for the most consistent Bordeaux wine vintage. Consumers should seek out specific wines, not brands or appellations. But the best wines, primarily from the appellations in the Northern Medoc Pauillac and St. Estephe are compelling! Some outstanding wines were also produced in St. EmilionPomerol should be avoided. The sweet white wines of Sauternes and Barsac are rich, spicy and frankly delicious. Although some selection is needed as the wines can be cloying.

For detailed information on the 2003 Bordeaux vintage, harvest and the wines: 2003 Bordeaux Wine .  For tips on other Bordeaux value wines and vintages:  Bordeaux Wine Buying Guide Find the Best Bordeaux for the money to buy today (Vintages 1959 to today) 

Left Bank and Pessac Leognan

Cos d’Estourne 98 pts

La Mission Haut Brion 93 pts
Pape Clement

Branaire Ducru 94 pts
Pichon Baron  94 pts
Pichon Lalande  96 pts

Pontet Canet   94 pts
Montrose  98 pts
Ducru Beaucaillou  94 pts
Smith Haut Lafitte  

St. Emilion

Pavie   97 pts

Angelus   93 pts
Pavie Macquin  94 pts
Troplong Mondot  95 pts
Pavie Decesse
Bellevue Mondotte   93 Pts


Clos Fourtet 94 pts
Beausejour Becot 

From Cotes de Castillon & Fronsac

Chateau d’Aiguilhe 90 Pts
Clos Les Lunelles
Joanin Becot 90 pts
La Vieille Cure  90 pts

Sauternes are also worth purchasing in 2003.  Yquem is a great Yquem. After the 01, it is the finest wine they’ve produced since 1990! For Chateau d’Yquem, it sells for a fair price.

Climens, Suduiraut, Raymond Lafon, Rieussec are just a few of the very high quality wines from 2003.