2003 M. Chapoutier "Vin de Paille" Ermitage (375ml)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2003 Hermitage Vin de Paille was spectacular. Made from straw dried Marsanne and aged all in new oak, it offers incredible notes of caramelized tropical fruits, quince, brioche, cigar and honeycomb to go with a unctuous, thick and chewy profile on the palate that somehow stays fresh and lively. Almost requiring a fork as opposed to a glass, it will most likely be indestructible in the cellar and can be enjoyed anytime over the coming century. (JD)
*** Collectibles *** This singular sweet wine delivers jaw-dropping fruit--mango, papaya, blood orange and glazed peach--with a nervy spine buried in its creamy texture. Marzipan- and mineral-filled finish evaporates slowly, leaving a firm but mouthwatering impression behind. Drink now through 2025. (JM)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep gold. Intense, complex aromas of dried apricot and honey. Thick, silky and superconcentrated, with distinctly wild flavors of apricot, truffle and damp earth. Conveys a tactile impression of extract. The '02 version is much fresher but not as honeyed, notes Mazoyer. Finishes silky and impressively long. This is 14% alcohol with 160 grams per liter of residual sugar.