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
Dried raspberry, a bit of umami,earthy, mushroom, sweet tobacco, leather, dried tea leaves, M+ intensity. M+ tannin, finish and complexity. M- acid. Beautifully balanced and elegant.
Dried raspberry, a bit of umami,earthy, mushroom, sweet tobacco, leather, dried tea leaves, M+ intensity. M+ tannin, finish and complexity. M- acid. Beautifully balanced and elegant.9.1
Sommelier/Wine Merchant East End Cellars
Bretty and very ripe
Bretty and very ripe8.5