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.
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.