Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape
2003 / 750 ml.
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- VN Vinous
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- OT Other Review Service
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
92–94 pts.Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: December, 2004
The 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits superb aromas of herbes de Provence, ground pepper, and jammy currant and cherry fruit. It is a big, full-bodied, fleshy, concentrated effort made from a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 20% Cinsault. Because of high glycerin, heady alcohol, and lush personality, it should drink well young, and last for 12–14 years. Kudos to Clos Saint-Jean and oenologist Philippe Cambie for fashioning some of the best wines of the vintage!
90 pts.Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: February, 2006
The 2003 Châteauneuf du Pape exhibits loads of garrigue, seaweed, licorice, salty sea breezes, pepper, earth, and plenty of sweet black cherry/kirsch notes in a full-bodied, opulent, fleshy and seductive style. It is hard to resist, and I am sure the alcohol is pretty lofty given the vintage conditions. This wine should drink well for a least a decade.
90 pts.Wine Spectator: November 15, 2006
Big and brawny, with lots of brambly tannins framing the blackberry and black currant fruit. Notes of fig, licorice and tar take over on the muscular finish. Long, driving finish drips with dark fruit. Drink now through 2020.
88 pts.Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: Jan/Feb 2006
Medium ruby color. Very ripe, full aromas of jammy dark berries, roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Thick and weighty, with solid structure and dense dark berry fruit flavors that build in the glass. Serious, brooding stuff.