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Country\Region Type. Grape Varietals
Cuvee du Vatican 2003 750ml 2003
Sku: 41354
Terrifically juicy blackberry and black cherry fruit gets pushed by briar, tar and mineral notes, then followed by a powerful, smoky finish. Long, with lots of ripe structure. Drink now thro ...more
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Product Information
Country: France
Region: Rhone
Sub-Region: Southern Rhone
Appellation: Chateauneuf du Pape
Grape Varietal: Red Rhone Blend
Type: Still wine
Reg. $38.00
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A blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, and 15% Syrah and Cinsault, the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape (14.7% alcohol) was tannic and closed, but impressively constituted when I tasted it. Aromas of raspberries, cherries, and earth are followed by an elegantly-styled, powerful, medium-bodied 2003 with good delineation, but perhaps not the great depth and intensity found in some of the vintage’s finest efforts. Nevertheless, there is a lot to like, and, at the minimum, this should turn out to be excellent. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2015.

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Terrifically juicy blackberry and black cherry fruit gets pushed by briar, tar and mineral notes, then followed by a powerful, smoky finish. Long, with lots of ripe structure. Drink now through 2025.
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