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2003 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Chateauneuf-du-Pape
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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2008

($60) 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. Becker told me that the key to maintaining freshness in 2003 was getting the grapes into the cellar as quickly as possible after picking ("less than an hour for us") and harvesting between 8:00 ("so that morning dew had evaporated") and 3:00 ("before it got really hot").

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Chateauneuf du Pape

The Rhone's Chateauneuf du Pape has been one of the hottest categories of the new millennium in the American market, thanks in equal part to the nearly candied ripeness and full-bodied, chewy texture of these wines and to an unprecedented string of four consecutive very good to outstanding vintages between 1998 and 2001.
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