2003 Clos du Mont-Olivet Châteauneuf-du-Pape
**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.
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.
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)