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2003 Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml
2003 Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape
France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape
Red / Rhone Blend
2003 Vieux Donjon - Chateauneuf du Pape
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Professional Reviews

IWC
93

International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds Issue: Issue 124

($45) Dark red. Sweet, exotic aromas of blackberry, cassis, molasses, bitter chocolate and dried flowers. Richly textured and dense, offering ripe dark berry flavors and nuances of floral pastilles and dark chocolate. A fat, unctuous wine that also boasts excellent purity of fruit and length, with soft, rounded tannins. (Wines of France, Mountainside, NJ)

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18+

Jancis Robinson Author: Jancis Robinson

Deep crimson. Very, very rich and layered - almost animal. Confident, powerful, rich with a juicy start. Masses of ripe fruit on the front palate. Big, burly classic Châteauneuf with rather a hot finish.

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WA
94

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 163

The powerful 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape comes closest in character to the 1990 (which is still drinking beautifully). Its dark ruby/plum/purple color is followed by sweet aromas of resiny pine forest interwoven with creme de cassis, black cherries, melted licorice, and smoky herbs. In the mouth, gamy, meaty flavors emerge along with black currants, cherries, and a hint of the sushi wrapper called nori. Full, rich, and moderately tannic, this 2003 requires another 1-3 years of bottle age, and should keep for 12-15 years.

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WS
93

Wine Spectator Author: James Molesworth

Hard as nails now, this is packed with ultraripe plum and blackberry fruit all supported by brawny, muscular tannins that romp through a licorice- and tar-filled finish. May be ferocious for some, but those who sock it away in the cellar will be rewarded. 5,000 cases made.

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Community Reviews

90

botro Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 02/15/2013 Drink Dates: 2008-2014

Ruby color with slight brick color around the edge. Slight earth/dust and cherry aromas. Dry tannic in flavor, slight raisin taste followed by dried fruit. Medium body showing more age than I would expect for a 10 yr old CDP but a good wine needing some time in the glass to further open up.

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92

Juan K Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 11/11/2012

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94

RHD Trust Rating: 93 Tasted On: 07/04/2008 Drink Dates: 2005-2015

A Beauty. one of my favorites. Drink now or later.

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