2003 Pegau - Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo 750ml

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2003 Pegau - Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo

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International Wine Cellar | 95-97

Deep, dark red. Multidimensional bouquet of kirsch, cassis, red plum, pipe tobacco, grilled meat, licorice pastille and roasted coffee; this has nearly all of the Chateauneuf food groups. Utterly mouthfilling in its richness, with tremendous concentration of red and dark berries, garrigue, bittersweet chocolate and aged beef. Finishes with a velvety lushness, round tannins and palate-staining persistence. A simply remarkable wine: it finished at 16.2% but the alcohol only shows in the wine's unctuous, almost oily palate feel.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 124

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Wine Advocate | 100

For the fourth time, the Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo has been produced, and for the fourth time, it has received a perfect score although I might back off the 2000's perfect score based on the fact that it seems to be more of an upper-ninety point wine than pure perfection these days. The 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo has distanced itself ever so slightly from the 2003 Cuvee Reservee. Before bottling and immediately after bottling, these two wines' differences were not as evident. At present the Capo reveals that extra level of flavor, power, complexity and richness. It is a big wine (16.1% alcohol - less than in the 1998, but more than in the 2000 and 2007) boasting a dark plum/garnet color as well as a stunning bouquet of aged beef intermixed with pepper, herbes de Provence, and steak au poivre. This unctuously textured, full-bodied Chateauneuf possesses enormous body, huge flavors and sweet, velvety tannins. Still youthful, it has not yet begun to close down, and I'm not sure it ever will given this unusual vintage. It is a modern day classic that should continue to provide provocative as well as compelling drinking for 20-30+ years.

Drink Dates: 2010-2040
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 191

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Wine Spectator | 99

Enormously concentrated, with notes of mushroom demi-glace, licorice, tar and hoisin sauce, but also marvelously textured, with additional layers of raspberry, fig and currant paste--all supported by thick, ripe tannins. The slashing finish leaves you both winded and begging for more. 455 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008-2035
Author: James Molesworth


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Author: Tallydoc
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 08/02/2010
Drink Dates: 2008-2035
Score: 100
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 07/07/2010
Site Blog: mac_h Early Mature (From 2008 To 2016)
Score: 100
Author: winefolio
Trust Rating: 81
Tasted On: 03/04/2009
Drink Dates: (10-35)

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