Deep ruby-red. Huge, roasted nose features maraschino cherry and an exotic hint of apricot; an obvious low-SO2 sample that could be fresher. Powerful, viscous and full-bodied; impressively concentrated but less vibrant today than the above. Just short of heavy, in the way of so many low-acid special cuvees from superripe fruit. Finishes impressively long and powerful, with tannins buried in fruit. My score may prove to be conservative. (J&R Selections, Mt. Pleasant, MI)
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: January/February 2000
Wine Spectator | Rating: 95
Still shows a rugged undertow, with grilled herb and braised chestnut flavors, but this has started to soften, and the black currant, fig, coffee, mesquite and incense notes are now beginning to glide through the rich, powerful finish. A wine with a remarkably consistent track record in both style and quality.
Author: James Molesworth
Wine Advocate | Rating: 97
This is a Provencal, peppery, spicy, garrigue-scented wine, with extraordinary concentration, loads of glycerin, full body, yet no sense of heaviness or lack of definition. Enormously-endowed and majestic, it possesses a huge mid-palate as well as a blockbuster finish. This thrilling, classic Chateauneuf du Pape can be drunk now or cellared for 18-20 years.
The Moses of the flight parted the ruby red seas into a dichotomy of the stank-ophiles and the stank-ophobes. Immediately identifiable scents of reduction and brett envelope the nose w/ a sort of a gamey, sweaty leather strap sense of sauvage charm that endeared most, yet repulsed others. In spite of the controversial aromas, the wine is delectable in the palate, as round, layered and polished sensations of grilled herbs, spicy plum, tobacco and pepper almost soothe the senses. This is undoubtedly an unabated expression of Chateauneuf (which old school fans believed was not only the holy grail, but what the region 'is supposed to be?), but Bois de Boursan Cuvee des Felix was also a wine of great purity