2003 Domaine Grand Veneur "Les Origines" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1019167 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines is dazzling stuff and one of the vintage’s top efforts. Deep purple to the rim with a gorgeous nose of blackberry liqueur intermixed with blueberries, smoke, licorice, roasted meats, and herbs, the wine has fabulous concentration, a multi-layered mid-palate, and a blockbuster finish with sweet tannin and plenty of opulence. Drink it over the next 12-14 years. For the last 7-8 years, this has been one of the best-run estates in Chateauneuf du Pape. Alain Jaume and his two capable sons, Sebastien and Christophe, continue to propel Domaine Grand Veneur into the upper echelon of quality. They also offer an impressively well-made negociant line of wines (under the name Alain Jaume). The hallmarks of the Grand Veneur wines include their extraordinary purity of flavor and impeccable balance. Moreover, they have kept prices remarkably fair. (RP)  (2/2006)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Jaw-dropping raspberry ganache and plum fruit, along with cocoa, tar, hoisin sauce and mineral notes, are flamboyantly displayed, while an intense tarry, minerally drive extends the finish. Best from 2007 through 2025. *Top 100 of 2005, #22* (JM)  (10/2005)

93 points Vinous

 Ruby-red color. Intensely aromatic nose offers potent garrigue scents along with notes of jammy cherry, raw meat, fresh tobacco, bay laurel, licorice and sexy oak spices. Big, dense and sweet, showing intense dark berry flavors with complicating earthy and herbal accents. Focused, concentrated and long-and lovely right now. (JR)  (1/2006)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 This supercuvée from Alain Jaume is ripe and modern in style, very smooth and polished. But its juiciness and richness do not lose sight of the power of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and it has fine, dry tannins that leave a sense of good aging potential. (RV)  (12/2005)

K&L Notes

Alain Jaume manages the Grand Veneur domaine with his two sons, Sébastien and Christophe. The domaine was founded in 1826 by Mathieu Jaume and includes 37 acres in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This 2003 is a blend of estate fruit and is made up of 40% Grenache and 30% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, with yields kept at between 1.5 tons per acre and 2.25 tons per acre. 94-96 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Another stunning Chateauneuf. Very elegant, well-defined nose of game, scorched leather and blackcurrant. The palate is so, so elegant with ripe raspberry and strawberry. Perfect acidity. Minerally with a lush blueberry finish. You do not notice the firm tannins that will support this wine through many years of again. Drink from 2008. Magnificent. Tasted November 2005."

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Rhone Blends



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- 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.
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Chateauneuf du Pape