($69) Deep red. Superripe, exotic aromas of kirsch, plum and garrigue; potent-verging-on-overwhelming. Extremely ripe, with dense flavors of sweet cherry and candied rose that build and expand through the finish, which features dusty, fine-grained tannins. The floral notes linger nicely on the back.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: January/February 2006
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94
Captivating aromas of hot stones, game and Proven‡al herbs are followed by a powerhouse palate of black currant, tar, roasted chestnut and bacony toast. Chewy and muscular, this will need cellaring, but has the stuffing and structure to last. Best from 2007 through 2020. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 500 cases made.
Author: James Molesworth
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92
The 100% Grenache cuvee, the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee des Felix offers beautiful currants, cherries, incense, black tea, and flavorful, intense black cherry jam intermixed with hints of mineral and black currant. A distinctive, elegant wine that has surprising structure, definition, and an almost Bordeaux-like mouthfeel, this reminds me of the 1998 but seems to be slightly behind the 2001 and 2000. Drink it over the next 12-15 years.
Aromas of currants, vanilla, black cherry, maybe even seaweed? Rich flavours on the palate, with layers of red fruit, smooth tannins, but a slight metallic aftertaste that I'm almost willing to overlook.