The 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines is dazzling stuff and one of the vintage’s top efforts. Deep purple to the rim with a gorgeous nose of blackberry liqueur intermixed with blueberries, smoke, licorice, roasted meats, and herbs, the wine has fabulous concentration, a multi-layered mid-palate, and a blockbuster finish with sweet tannin and plenty of opulence. Drink it over the next 12-14 years. For the last 7-8 years, this has been one of the best-run estates in Chateauneuf du Pape. Alain Jaume and his two capable sons, Sebastien and Christophe, continue to propel Domaine Grand Veneur into the upper echelon of quality. They also offer an impressively well-made negociant line of wines (under the name Alain Jaume). The hallmarks of the Grand Veneur wines include their extraordinary purity of flavor and impeccable balance. Moreover, they have kept prices remarkably fair. (RP)
*Top 100 of 2005* Jaw-dropping raspberry ganache and plum fruit, along with cocoa, tar, hoisin sauce and mineral notes, are flamboyantly displayed, while an intense tarry, minerally drive extends the finish. Best from 2007 through 2025.
Vivid ruby color. Very rich on the nose, displaying ripe dark berry, cherry, smoky Indian spices and a subtle vanilla quality. Fleshy, sweet and open-knit, with seductive blackberry and cherry-vanilla flavors and very soft tannins. Powerful, deeply concentrated and drinking very well right now. Here's a 2003 that shows the power of the vintage, but without any roasted character or excess weight. I rated this 93 points on release.
This supercuvée from Alain Jaume is ripe and modern in style, very smooth and polished. But its juiciness and richness do not lose sight of the power of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and it has fine, dry tannins that leave a sense of good aging potential.
*Cask Sample* Great value. Sweet, exciting, vibrant – like a baby version of Marcoux’s Vieilles Vignes. ‘Urgent’, a word that seems fashionable in current tasting notes, seems appropriate here. (18/20 points)
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