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2003 Clos des Papes - Chateauneuf du Pape 750ml
2003 Clos des Papes - Chateauneuf du Pape
France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape
Red / Rhone Blend
2003 Clos des Papes - Chateauneuf du Pape
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Professional Reviews

IWC
94

International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds Issue: Issue 124

($70) Deep red color. Positively explosive aromas of fresh cherry, redcurrant, blackberry and candied licorice ("the most kirsch I've ever found in a wine," says Avril). Huge and mouthfilling, with serious weight but also excellent purity to the lush, powerful fruit. Deeply pitched dark chocolate and espresso add even more heft to the flavors, and roasted herbs contribute lift. For all of these elements, the wine is elegant, finishing with outstanding energy and focus.

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WA
97

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 163

The 2003 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape (the # 2 wine in the Wine Spectators annual winefest) has long been one of the most profound wines of the vintage. It somehow manages to offer the vintages character in power, high glycerin, and huge volume, but retains remarkable elegance and finesse that is so much in keeping with the style of Clos des Papes. The wine has a dense ruby/purple-tinged color and a wonderfully sweet nose of framboise, blackberry, and kirsch liqueur intermixed with Chinese black tea and licorice. The wine is full-bodied and voluptuous, but once past all the glycerin and beautiful, dense fruit of this full-bodied wine, there is striking purity, elegance, finesse, and surprising freshness. Still primary, it looks set to have a long life of 20-25 or more years.

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WS
97

Wine Spectator Author: James Molesworth

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. 7,500 cases made.

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Community Reviews

90

NCL Trust Rating: 88 Tasted On: 03/30/2014 Drink Dates:

Unremarkable

90

PurpleTeeth Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 10/26/2013 Drink Dates: 2007-2015

Showed the heat of the vintage, starting out super-ripe (almost bordering on the confected), but with increased aeration it became more balanced and showed stronger bass notes (probably the Mourvedre). A decent pairing with roast Prime Rib made in the Provencale style. I wouldn't buy this wine again, but I also wouldn't turn down a free glass or two if offered to me.

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Santa Fe Trust Rating: 74 Tasted On: 07/06/2013

Cellar group. Disappointing. Show hot year. Rather stewed. Very ripe. Try decanting an hour next time.

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94

DartAdam Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 10/17/2012 Drink Dates: 2012-2019

Delish! Nose was very different after about an hour in the decanter versus first whiff after popping the cork. Rich, round mouthfeel and excellent balance between fruit spice and tannin. Very nice.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

94

Billy the Kid Trust Rating: 91 Tasted On: 10/11/2012

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