Skip to product information
1 of 1

Fonseca Vintage Port 2003

Fonseca Vintage Port 2003

Regular price £79.00
Regular price Sale price £79.00
Sale Sold out
Tax included.

Fonseca Vintage Port 2003: A Detailed Tasting Note for the Discerning Drinker

The Fonseca Vintage Port 2003 is a triumph from the Douro Valley, Portugal. This exquisite wine is a must-have for any collector or connoisseur seeking a truly exceptional Port experience. Here at The General Wine, we've delved deep into this vintage, crafting a comprehensive tasting note to guide you through its flavour profile and recommend perfect food pairings.

Visual Characteristics:

The Fonseca 2003 Vintage Port boasts a fine deep colour, with a captivating brick-red edge. This hints at the wine's maturity and the complex layers of flavour waiting to be explored.


On the nose, the Fonseca 2003 offers a delightful depth and harmony. Sweet aromas mingle with a touch of spirit, creating a truly inviting character. Rich, soft hints of dark chocolate and black cherry emerge, intertwined with subtle nuances of spice and even a touch of mint. This initial bouquet is enticing and promises a captivating drinking experience.


The first sip of the Fonseca 2003 Vintage Port reveals a powerful and intense wine, yet one that maintains an air of elegance. Fine, ripe fruit flavours take centre stage, with notes of cherry and blackberry dominating. These juicy fruits are complemented by a delightful jamminess, reminiscent of blackcurrant preserves. The cocoa notes from the nose translate beautifully onto the palate, adding a touch of richness and depth. The tannins are firm yet silky, providing excellent structure and promising excellent ageing potential.


The Fonseca 2003 Vintage Port is a masterpiece of balance. The sweetness is perfectly complemented by the fruit concentration and the firm tannins. The touch of spirit adds another layer of complexity, ensuring the wine remains lively and engaging. This exceptional balance creates a truly harmonious drinking experience.

Food Pairing:

The Fonseca 2003 Vintage Port is a versatile dessert wine that pairs beautifully with a variety of after-dinner treats. Here are some of our recommendations:

  • Top-end Cheeses: The rich fruit flavours and firm tannins of the Port stand up perfectly to strong cheeses. Consider pairing it with a mature cheddar or a decadent blue cheese. The contrast between the creamy cheese and the structured Port is truly delightful.
  • Treacle Tart: The sweetness of the Port is echoed in the treacle filling of this classic British dessert. The rich flavours of the Port complement the buttery pastry and create a truly decadent experience.
  • Chocolate Pot with Cherry Syrup: This decadent dessert is a match made in heaven for the Fonseca 2003. The rich chocolate flavours mirror the cocoa notes in the Port, while the cherry syrup enhances the fruity character.

Drinking Window:

The Fonseca 2003 Vintage Port is built to last. While it's already drinking beautifully now, it has the potential to age gracefully for decades to come. Proper cellaring conditions are essential for extended ageing.


The Fonseca Vintage Port 2003 is an exceptional wine that embodies the very essence of Port. Its rich flavours, elegant structure, and remarkable balance make it a true collector's item. At The General Wine, we invite you to experience the magic of this remarkable vintage for yourself.

Looking to Acquire a Bottle?

If you're interested in adding the Fonseca Vintage Port 2003 to your collection, look no further than The General Wine. We offer a carefully curated selection of fine wines, including a range of exceptional vintage Ports. Visit our website or contact us today to learn more and place your order.


View full details