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2003 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de la Janasse Cuvée Vieilles Vignes (750ml)
Producer: Domaine de la Janasse lajanasse.com
Appellation: Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Vallée du Rhône - France (AOC)
Type: red
Varietal: Grenache - Syrah - Mourvèdre
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$95.00
Tasting Notes:
rated: February 1, 2006 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
97 points "One of the vintage’s most compelling wines, the huge, dense purple-colored 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes offers aromas of creme de cassis, creosote, and flowers along with immense concentration, body, and tannin. The finish is reminiscent of a first-growth Bordeaux, meaning it is well-delineated and tannic. Cellar it for 4-5 years and consume it over the following two decades." Best 2010-2030
rated: October 15, 2005 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
96 points "Gorgeous raspberry ganache and spice aromas give way to richly layered but silky smooth notes of boysenberry, blackberry, mocha, mineral and tar. Long, pure beam of fruit resonates through the finish. Fantastic purity and finesse for the vintage. 1,200 cases made." Best 2007-2025
rated: January 31, 2006 , International Wine Cellar wineaccess.com/expert/tanzer
95 points "Saturated dark red. Explosively aromatic, highly complex nose offers kirsch, raspberry liqueur, blueberry, tarragon, baking spices, smoked meat, espresso and hot asphalt. Lush and hefty but suave, with rich flavors of sweet dark berries, framboise, candied chocolate and licorice that build and deepen with aeration. A brisk mineral note keeps the fruit in check and adds focus and lift to the knockout, silky finish. "