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2003 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Clos des Papes (P. Avril)

Southern Rhône

Bin soiled label; cracked wax capsule help

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$450.00 per Jeroboam (3L)

3L jero

1 Jeroboam (3L)




"While I've always loved the 2003 Châteauneuf du Pape, it was extremely controversial in its youth due to its exuberance and ripeness. Yet today, with the wine at maturity, all of that controversy has been put to bed and I know of no one contesting the beauty of this wine - the 2007 vintage in Châteauneuf du Pape will be the same. Looking at the 2003 vintage, Paul-Vincent told me that they started harvest on September 5, but quickly had to stop due to rain on the September 7. They waited for the vineyards to dry out and the last plots weren't brought in until October 4! As to the wine, this beautiful 2003 offers a kaleidoscope of kirsch liqueur, Asian spices, ground herbs, blackberries and incense. Full-bodied, textured, ripe and plush, Avril commented that this would evolve similar to the '89, but I certainly see no need to delay gratification here and would drink up while the getting's good!" Jeb Dunnuck, eRobertParker.com
(WA, 09/01/2015)

Rating: 97
Drink from: 2015-2020

"Lilting and perfumy, with a grace that belies the vintage, this offers layer upon layer of raspberry, boysenberry, floral, mineral and mocha flavors that glide to a long, silky, refined finish. So seductive, you almost miss how powerful it is--a masterful job of winemaking. Drink now through 2030. 7,300 cases made." Wine Spectator
(WS, 11/15/2005)

Rating: 97
Drink from: 2005-2030

"Dark red. Exotic, even flamboyant on the nose, which displays strong red berry preserve, candied cherry, mineral and floral scents. Round and juicy, with deep red fruit flavors and a strong note of licorice. This is showing even more energy today than it did on release. Lush and sweet on the finish, leaving behind spicecake and cherry notes. I rated this wine 94 points on release and now think that I was stingy." Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(IWC, 12/01/2008)

Rating: 95

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