($96) Full deep red. Tangy nose combines red fruits, roast coffee, pepper and spices. Very rich, dense and full, with considerable power (the wine features 15% alcohol) and a strong element of spice cake. Less obviously creamy than the 2001, but equally powerful and extremely long on the aftertaste. The tannins show a chewy quality and a dustiness that no doubt reflect the wine's 12% mourvedre component.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: January/February 2003
Wine Spectator | Rating: 89
Subtle, elegant, classy. Nothing overly alcoholic or oaky here, this medium-bodied wine is fresh and vibrant, the fruit sings and the tannins are ripe. Nice chocolate, mocha, game and blackberries. Long, slightly chewy, finish. 550 cases made.
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96
The heady 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Centenaire is more evolved than either the 2001 or 1998. Extremely full-bodied, with low acidity, and a knock-out bouquet of blackberry and cherry jam intermixed with licorice, pepper, and dried Provencal herbs, this sexy, voluptuous, enormously concentrated 2000 possesses a huge, silky, seamless finish. Drink this irresistible effort now and over the next 12-15 years.