Wine Advocate 97 points - Lilting and perfumy, with a grace that belies the vintage,
this offers layer upon layer of raspberry, boysenberry,
floral, mineral and mocha flavors that glide to
a long, silky, refined finish. So seductive, you almost
miss how powerful it is—a masterful job of winemaking.
Drink now through 2030. From France.—J.M.
Please note that this is a regular 750 ml bottle--not a 1.5 L as incorrectly indicated in a recent promotional e-mail.
The 2003 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape (the # 2 wine in the Wine Spectator’s annual winefest) has long been one of the most profound wines of the vintage. It somehow manages to offer the vintage’s character in power, high glycerin, and huge volume, but retains remarkable elegance and finesse that is so much in keeping with the style of Clos des Papes. The wine has a dense ruby/purple-tinged color and a wonderfully sweet nose of framboise, blackberry, and kirsch liqueur intermixed with Chinese black tea and licorice. The wine is full-bodied and voluptuous, but once past all the glycerin and beautiful, dense fruit of this full-bodied wine, there is striking purity, elegance, finesse, and surprising freshness. Still primary, it looks set to have a long life of 20-25 or more years. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025.
Robert Parker/97 Points