2000 Clos du Mont-Olivet "La Cuvée du Papet" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1133475 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated red-ruby. Wonderfully perfumed, highly complex aromas of raspberry, strawberry, redcurrant, blueberry, woodsmoke, violet and tree bark. Very sweet but very bright, with the perfumed quality carrying through on the palate. Highly concentrated but light on its feet, with intriguing herbal and tree bark notes from the mourvedre. (The mourvedre in 2000 was particularly ripe, deeply colored and structured, notes Thierry.) Juicy and very long, with extremely fine tannins. A very classy Chateauneuf with exhilarating aromatic character. (ST)93+  (1/2003)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape La Cuvee du Papet (only made in 1998, 1990, and 1989) boasts a dense plum/purple color as well as a sweet bouquet of balsam wood, dried herbs, black cherries, currants, plums, and figs. Full-bodied, powerful, and tannic, it is not a Chateauneuf du Pape for those wanting immediate gratification as it requires 3-5 years of cellaring. I am not convinced it is a profound as the 1998 or 1990, but it is a top-flight effort that should age for two decades. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020. (RP)  (2/2003)

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- 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.
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Chateauneuf du Pape