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2003 Domaine De La Janasse Chateauneuf Du Pape Vieilles Vignes (750ml - Full Bottle)

2003 Domaine De La Janasse Chateauneuf Du Pape Vieilles Vignes (750ml)

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Vintage 2003
Varietal Chateauneuf du Pape
Bottle Size 750
Style Red
Region Rhone
Subregion Chateauneuf du Pape
Bottle Condition Perfect

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Reviews

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96-100
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Vieilles Vignes had a few degrees of residual sugar to ferment out. It is a blend of 85% Grenache and the balance split between Syrah and Mourvedre. A wine of extraordinary intensity and the potential to garner a perfect score, this inky/purple-colored effort boasts an exceptional nose of black raspberries, creme de cassis, melted licorice, and earth. Extremely full-bodied, with a multi-dimensional, super-concentrated palate, fabulous purity, and over 15% alcohol, it is a classic Chateauneuf du Pape meant for long-term cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020+. The question that begs to be answered is, is it better than the profound 2001, 2000, and 1998? It’s certainly bigger, but I’m not convinced it is better in a qualitative sense as these are all great vintages for Janasse.
 
WA
98
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Reviewer, Jeb Dunnuck - Possibly the wine of the vintage and the best bottle of this I’ve had to date, the 2003 Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes has a drop-dead gorgeous bouquet of spice-laden red and black fruits, licorice, graphite and mineral to go with a seamless, full-bodied and decadently-styled palate. Seriously rich and voluptuous, yet also perfectly balanced, poised and fresh, this beauty should continue to shine for another decade, although I see no reason to delay gratification.
 
WA
97+
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
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.
 
WA
97
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Reviewer, Jeb Dunnuck - A wine I’ve had more than a case of, sometimes with irregular results, the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes was drinking about as good as it gets on this occasion. As usual, it’s made in a deeper, richer style than the Chaupin and offers thrilling texture, a smoking mid-palate and nothing but gorgeous Grenache fruit on the finish. Loaded with notions of blackberry liqueur, kirsch, fruit cake and spice, enjoy this knockout effort over the coming 2-4 years or so.
 

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