2003 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape - 750ml

2003 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape - 750ml

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2003 Paul Avril Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape - #2 of TOP 100 WINES

Paul Avril Clos des Papes is a wine producer in the Rhône Valley, making one of the most sought-after wines in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC.The estate is made up of 24 small plots throughout the appellation totalling 79 acres.

All of the 13 permitted grape varieties are grown in these vineyards, although GrenacheMourvèdre and Syrah are the most important in terms of production. Picking is spread out to ensure maximum quality, and green harvests and strict berry selection ensures a low yield. Clos des Papes takes its name from one of its plots located near the ruins of the 14th Century Papal castle.

      


Product Details

Varietal Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Vintage 2003
Rating 97 RP/97 WS #2 Top 100 Wines 
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Rhone
Location Southern Rhone
Producer Clos des Papes
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Robert Parker 97 RP - While I've always loved the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape, it was extremely controversial in its youth due to its exuberance and ripeness. Yet today, with the wine at maturity, all of that controversy has been put to bed and I know of no one contesting the beauty of this wine - the 2007 vintage in Chateauneuf du Pape will be the same. Looking at the 2003 vintage, Paul-Vincent told me that they started harvest on September 5, but quickly had to stop due to rain on the September 7. They waited for the vineyards to dry out and the last plots weren't brought in until October 4! As to the wine, this beautiful 2003 offers a kaleidoscope of kirsch liqueur, Asian spices, ground herbs, blackberries and incense. Full-bodied, textured, ripe and plush, Avril commented that this would evolve similar to the '89, but I certainly see no need to delay gratification here and would drink up while the getting's good!

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator 97 WS - 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. 

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Winery Details

Varietal Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Vintage 2003
Rating 97 RP/97 WS #2 Top 100 Wines 
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Rhone
Location Southern Rhone
Producer Clos des Papes 
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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