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2003 Clos du Mont-Olivet Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Papet

  • 92 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend
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SKU: 47341-2003-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Medium red color. Intense, floral aromas of bitter cherry, rose, violet, tarragon and espresso. Offers an elegant texture, especially for the year, with a spicy, vibrant quality to the dark berry and cherry fruit flavors. The grenache vines here are over 100 years old. Spicy and concentrated on the long, suave finish.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: January/February 2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Packed and tight, with sage, licorice root, black currant, plum and tobacco aromas and flavors supported by pronounced ferrous and hot stone notes. Yet despite its power it has remarkably lush tannins running through the lengthy finish. This has a great expression of terroir.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    Soy, dried herbs, roasted meat, sweet cherries, and some blacker fruits make an appearance in the dark ruby 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Papet. Full-bodied, dense, with low acidity, velvety tannin, and an opulent, full-bodied personality, it should be drunk over the next 12-15 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Dark purple red with a very suave nose of anise, stone, some leather, plum, minerals, and slightly candied red fruits. Moderate plus tannins and excellent acidity ? the wine?s structure is quite fine. Good concentration. La Cuvee du Papet is Clos du Mont-Olivet's top of the line wine that is assembled from the finest lots and then bottled unfined and unfiltered. The |Cuvee| is made on behalf of the elder Sabon - |papet| means |grandfather|.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2015
    Author: Daniel B
The estate, run by the esteemed Sabon family, can trace its history back to 1547. It includes 25 hectares of Chateauneuf du Pape and parcels in Le Pied de Baud, lieu-dit Monalivet, and les Gallimardes, as well as 15 hectares in Cotes du Rhone. Making wine is still a family affair, and three brothers - Jean-Claude, Pierre and Bernard - run the property, with Jean-Claude's son Thierry, the current winemaker, trained in the tradition of the domaine since day one. The wines are a majority Grenache, with Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault completing the blends. Mont-Olivet produces a red and white Chateuneuf du Pape, and a red and white Cotes du Rhone. The "Cuvee du Papet" is only bottled in the most exceptional vintages.

See other similar producers:Chateau Rayas,Domaine du Caillou

While the Northern Rhône is known mostly for single-varietal wines from Syrah or Viognier, the Southern Rhône is known for complex blends. Châteauneuf-du-Pape, for example, allows up to 13 different varieties in a blend leaving winemakers ample room to experiment. This variation makes it almost impossible to describe a typical Rhône blend. Regardless of style, the common goal of these winemakers is to manage high tannin and alcohol levels in order to produce a balanced wine.

The most widely planted variety, Grenache, dominates most Rhône blends and adds concentrated spiced red fruit flavors with cinnamon, raspberry, and tobacco characteristics. Syrah and Mourvèdre add color and tannin, with Syrah contributing aromas of blueberry, pepper, and bacon while Mourvèdre adds dense black fruit flavors and gamey and meaty aromas. Cinsault provides red fruit flavor. For the best expression of this complex blend turn to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and classic producers like Château de Beaucastel, Clos des Papes, or Domaine du Pegau.

Many New-World wine regions, particularly in California and Australia, have adopted this winemaking method. The best examples come from San Luis Obispo producers Saxum, Sine Qua Non, and Alban.

The complexity and spice-forward flavor profile of Rhône blends pair best with herb-roasted turkey, pork chops, a range of cheeses, or spiced vegetables. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 234 bottles owned
  • 34 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 34 collectors)