International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93Medium 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 RaynoldsIssue: January/February 2006
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94Packed 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: 92Soy, 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: 91Dark 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: 2010-2015Author: Daniel B
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While the is known mostly for single-varietal wines from or , the is known for complex blends. , 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, , dominates most Rhône blends and adds concentrated spiced red fruit flavors with cinnamon, raspberry, and tobacco characteristics. 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 , , or .
Many New-World wine regions, particularly in and , have adopted this winemaking method. The best examples come from producers , , and .
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)