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2003 Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1069996 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blockbuster and a terrific example of Chateauneuf du Pape in a more challenging and irregular vintage is the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape. Deep purple to the rim with a gloriously flamboyant nose of black raspberry jam, kirsch, smoke, and licorice, the wine has dazzling concentration, pushes ripeness to the limit (note the flavors of figs) but pulls back with impressive purity and balance as well as plenty of force and resistance. (RP)  (2/2006)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Alain Jaume bought the Domaine Grand Veneur in 1979, and its reputation has been steadily increasing. This is a superbly perfumed wine, with great pure black currant fruits, layers of dry tannins and a firm, structured aftertaste. (RV)  (12/2005)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Loaded with dark currant and blackberry fruit, this has sinew, muscle and flesh along with tar, grilled beef and mineral notes pumping through the finish. Gets darker as it sits in the glass too. (JM)  (10/2005)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red. Meaty, powerful and deep on the nose, conveying a sense of great ripeness and power; notes of dark, roasted berries and grilled meat. Rich and thick in the mouth, with dense blackberry and plum compote flavors. This is unctuous to the point of oily, and has 2003 written all over it. But there is also good energy and focus for such an outsized wine. (JR)  (1/2006)

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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