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July 31, 2017

2017 Chateauneuf 2003

I strongly believe that 2003 is a legendary vintage like 1990 or 1985 in Chateauneuf-du-Pape… Not all wines made it, but the ones who are there are truly out of this world… the stand-out wines tonight are the Mon Aieul 2003 for it’s finesse… the Pégau 2003 for it’s animal character… and the Deus Ex Machina 2003 for it’s concentration, this is almost “essence of Chateauneuf” and is flying way above it’s pairs … To me deserves a note of 101/100 if that would exist!! 🙂

2003 Les Cailloux (Lucien et André Brunel) Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Nice nose of red berries, bacon fat, nice but not very complex… Super concentrated sappy red cherries, loads of sappy tannins, very good lenght, great wine! (93 points)

2003 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape
WOW, very fresh and mineral nose, you would never guess this is 2003, but rather a 2005, delicious nose of sandalwood, ripe red berries, roasted bacon… Taste is high mineral, fresh acidity, loads of silky tannins, loads of bacon and ripe cerise du Nord, very good lenght of 30 seconds! (95 points)

2003 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape
WoW wow wow… I can’t believe I give such a high score to a traditonal Chateauneuf, super concentrated nose of bacon fat, hint of licorice, herbes de Provence, BBQ meat…. Super delicious taste and concentration, ripe red cherries, bacon sauce, fresh acidity with silky tannins… Amazing concentration for a “Tradition” Chateauneuf!! (96 points)

2003 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul
Wow delicious sandalwood, loads of leather, ripe strawberries, hint of caramel and brown sugar but in a nice way… Super fine silky tannins, starting light with sappy red cherries, building up with time with a lenght of 45 sec. (98 points)

2003 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée
Whaouw… Magic Pégau! Provencal spices, strong farmyard (If you like that…) loads of sappy strawberries, sandalwood, bacon, leather… taste of spice, sappy red strawberries, leather, super silky tannins, lenght of 45 seconds…. great great wine!! (99 points)

2003 Clos Saint Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape Deus-Ex Machina
You just can’t believe that this wine is real… It is way above all other Chateauneufs 2003!! Super concentrated nose of bacon, roasted red cherries, Herbes de Provence, hint of licorice… Very dark cherries, still very primary and young compared to it’s pairs, loads of ripe and silky tannins… amazingly young and not yet at peak… if one wine would deserve 101/100, it would be this wine!!! Bravo to the Maurel brothers!! (100 points)

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