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Cuvée du Vatican Chateauneuf du Pape 2003

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Phil Downes reviewed this wine as follows:

I have the 2000.
November 19, 2015 - Dark red color. Decanted and then drank from decanter over 2.5hrs. Well, i thoroughly enamored by this wine tonight. Started off with a Giordano's pizza we made at home and wanted to have something nice with it and this really fit the bill. What a delightful nose starting off again with a nice burst of cedar and spice, garrigue, and then giving way to blueberry fruits and eventually a striking cassis note with briar, and then raspberry and earth. The palate is medium bodied with lovely tannins that have a fine grain character with good intensity, a complex mix of fruit, blueberry, cassis, black cherry, earthy, garrigue, hints of smoke, briar, wood spice, and a long fresh finish. Drinking beautifully now, this shows no indication of slowing down.

(93 points)
November 13, 2015 - Last tasted nearly five years ago, this wine has now fully hit its stride. From a bottle purchased upon release and cellared in pristine fashion, it was decanted off of its sediment and serially tasted over a period of 2-3 hours. Deep garnet in color, it requires less than 30 minutes in decanter to unlease a bouquet of lavender, bramble fruits, sous bois, coriander and saddle leather. Medium-bodied, freshly acidic and with soft residual tannins, it delivers flavors mirroring the nose and shows no heat from its reported 14% alcohol. With impressive mid-palate density and a lengthy finish, this fully mature Châteauneuf is nothing but a joy to drink. I had previously greatly underestimated its potential. Well-cellared bottles should provide pleasure through the remainder of this decade. Drink now-2020.

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(91 points)
October 30, 2015 - Dark red color and not too cloudy. Some garrique on the nose. Medium weight, red fruits, some earthiness and bright acidity, and bit of a finishing grip. Still in a good spot and should have several more years there.

(89 points)
April 19, 2015 - Dark red color. Strongly fruited nose of cranberry and dried Montmorency cherry; some garrigue. On arrival, medium-low tannin and low acidity; a lookalike to many ripe, inexpensive and easy drinking New World bodied GMS blends. Grape-y, juicy and showing a bit more oak in the mouth than I like in CdP, there's nothing wrong here except the original (high) price. Bottle #2 of two.

(93 points)
February 15, 2015 - Monthly Tasting Group: CDP's and Southern Rhones (Meritage, St. Paul): Very dark red/purple color. Double decanted for 30 minutes. Drank 1 glass over 2 hours. The nose starts with a burst of cedarbox that completely blows off within minutes, and then opens to a lovely raspberry, raspberry liqueur character with dried earth and dried flowers. The palate is full bodied and deep, layered with red fruits raspberry and cherry, pretty earth and a nice medium plus finish. Still youthful and full of energy. I'll try to wait another 2-3 years before cracking the next one. 92 to 93pts.
Gabriel Israel rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Beautiful! Ready to drink.
After almost 2 hours, magic happens - besides the dried dark fruit, leather and caramel notes, you get chocolate. It adds weight to a wonderful full body, low acidity, smooth and extremely satisfying CdP with a long long finish. Loved it.

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Cuvée du Vatican Chateauneuf du Pape 2003, Chateauneuf du Pape, France Natalie has not yet reviewed this wine. It's listed here for your convenience so that you can find it easily in your local liquor store. Drink: 2012-2018. 719120 14%  750 mL  $38.95. March 1, 2012  Full Review




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