Wine generously provided by my wealthy benefactor George. Straight from the bottle this NSG had a medium red colour and a slightly mean nose. But after decanting the wine improves immeasurably and reaches its full stature. Dark cherry colour with a purplish rim. The black cherry theme continues onto the nose, elements of oak, early-harvested green pepper, briar and touches of leather. Excellent robust tannins, rounded structure, ripe plum fruit with vanilla aromas on the retro-olfaction. Conjures images of a blackberry-filled coppice. Impressively balanced for a 2003 and has more potential than other 2003s like this Mongeard-Mugneret Echezeaux recently tasted. The domaine was founded in 1891 and the fourth generation of the family Vincent Sauvestre now makes the wine.