2003 Clos du Mont-Olivet Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1139718 93 points Wine Spectator

 **Highly Recommended** Juicy mix of red currant, blackberry and plum fruit, with lots of cocoa, mineral and tobacco notes as well. Fruit-filled finish shows a nice loamy undertow, with hints of blood orange and musk. Fine, traditional-style Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with the increased amplitude of the vintage. Best from 2007 through 2020.  (5/ 2006)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full ruby-red. Very fresh on the nose, offering raspberry and cherry compote qualities, along with olive, garrigue and smoky herb nuances. Creamy red fruit flavors are braced by tangy minerals and complemented by a hint of sweet tobacco. Already complex and easy to drink, with very good finishing lift and cling. I gave this wine 91 points on release and will stick to that score.  (12/ 2008)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Tradition shows the tell-tale resiny, cherry, spicy nose, muscular, firm, somewhat hard tannin, but medium to full body, plenty of herbes de Provence and kirsch, and a moderately long finish. Give it 1-2 years of bottle age, and drink it over the following decade. (RP)  (2/ 2006)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape