May 31, 2006; « One of a kind », by Bruce Sanderson

Burgundy's exceptionnal 2003 reds reflects the extreme heat and draught of the summer.

The top 2003s marry ripe fruit and powerful structure; the very best retain balance and express the differences from vineyard to vineyard. Christophe Perrot-Minot's Chambertin Clos de Bèze Vieilles Vignes 2003 (98) shows plenty of terroir, combining the intensity and elegance of Clos de Bèze with wild berry and mineral flavors. His Chambertin Vieilles Vignes (97) is more monolithic, with earth and mineral notes accenting its black cherry and black currant flavors.