2003 Domaine Bois de Boursan "Cuvée des Félix" Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $220)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2003 Domaine Bois de Boursan Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee des Felix is superb. Showing a mature, yet still lively and fruit-driven profile of sweet currants, saddle leather, truffle, and garrigue, it stays beautifully rich and seductive on the palate, with layers of sweet fruit, no hard edges and a great finish. Certainly a ripe vintage, yet everything is perfectly proportioned, the tannins are sweet and it is a joy to drink. A blend of 65% Grenache and the balance a mix of Mourvedre and Syrah, from 90-year-old vines, it held up beautifully with air and is a raging success in the vintage. (JD)
Captivating aromas of hot stones, game and Provençal herbs are followed by a powerhouse palate of black currant, tar, roasted chestnut and bacony toast. Chewy and muscular, this will need cellaring, but has the stuffing and structure to last.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep red. Superripe, exotic aromas of kirsch, plum and garrigue; potent-verging-on-overwhelming. Extremely ripe, with dense flavors of sweet cherry and candied rose that build and expand through the finish, which features dusty, fine-grained tannins. The floral notes linger nicely on the back. (JR)