2003 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $65)

SKU #1294040 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Described as a 'complicated' vintage by Jean-Paul, the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blockbuster-styled effort that shows the vintage’s perfumed, ripe character. Giving up plenty of spices, saddle leather, licorice and roasted herb qualities, it has a core of sweet fruit, full-bodied richness and depth, and a finish that pumps out loads of fruit. There’s still some underlying tannin here to watch going forward, but it’s hard to resist and one character-filled wine to drink over the coming 3-5 years. (JD)  (8/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark red. Fresh red and dark berry scents are given depth by tobacco, anise and garrigue, but there's nothing roasted about this. Fresh cherry and blackcurrant on the palate; picks up dusty tannins with air but not at the expense of sweetness. This has superb persistence. (JR)  (1/2008)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape