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2003 Domaine Marcoux Vieilles Vignes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1018311 99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 What's a candidate for the wine of the vintage, the sensational 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes (85% Grenache and 15% Syrah) is a sunny, Provencal, sexy and incredibly full-bodied beauty. With a still youthful ruby color, a big mid-palate, sweet tannin and tons of decadent aromas of currants, black cherries, garrigue, chocolate and spiced meats, this blockbuster Chateauneuf du Pape delivers incredible intensity and flavor (it's over 16% alcohol), yet stays lively, graceful and seamless. (JD)  (10/2016)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby. Extremely fresh on the nose (I'd never have guessed this to be from 2003), with spicy raspberry, blackcurrant, anise and floral qualities. Shockingly lithe, with precise red fruit flavors, silky texture and a strong floral pastille quality. The finish refuses to let up and leaves intense floral and mineral qualities behind. An uncommonly graceful wine from a vintage not reputed for such a style.  (12/2008)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Dark and brooding, this has a massive core of blackberry ganache, blueberry jam, cocoa powder, tar, mesquite and charcoal flavors caged by ironclad tannins. Shows awesome depth and length of fruit even though the brawn of the vintage is dominant now. If you're considering hunting this white rhino, cellaring is a must. *Collectibles* (JM)  (12/2005)

94 points Vinous

 Inky ruby color. Explosively aromatic and nuanced on the nose, with intense cherry, blackberry and cassis fruit aromas complicated by licorice, cola, sassafras, magnolia and dried rose. Exotic and sweet, with wild flavors of blood orange, kirsch, raspberry jam, truffle and mocha. Dense and loaded with extract, with a distinctly unctuous, mouthcoating texture. The tannins are totally buffered by the superripe berry flavors. (JR)  (1/2006)

Jancis Robinson

 Very exciting wine that has long been in great demand. Amazing vibrancy despite its great weight of ripe, extremely ‘bright’ vivacious fruit. This somehow manages to have lift despite its heavy charge of ripe tannins and fruit. A conjuring trick of a wine. (JR) 19/20 points  (11/2004)

K&L Notes

95-97 points, Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Wow. A spellbinding raisin, blackcurrant, Xmas cake nose. You could sit and smell this all day. The palate is tannic but with great fruit concentration, wonderful balance and vibrant acidity. It is very sweet with raisin and a touch of prune notes. Decadent, rich with a long life ahead of it. A truly great wine." (11/2004)

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