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Château La Nerthe : Cuvée des Cadettes 2003

Château La Nerthe : Cuvée des Cadettes 2003
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    Parker : 95 / 100
    Wine Advocate-Parker :
    The luxury cuvee, the Cuvee des Cadettes, is the only Chateauneuf du Pape completely aged in 100% new oak, a la many Bordeaux and Burgundies. The 2003 is an outstanding wine but somewhat of a letdown after what I tasted from cask. A 1,000+-case blend of 47% Grenache, 36% Syrah, and the rest Mourvedre, the wine has a deep purple color, a sweet nose of graphite, toasty new oak, cassis, and black fruits. In the mouth, it is medium to full-bodied, revealing more rugged tannin than it did last year as well as aggressive new oak. Nevertheless, there is impressive concentration, but the 2003 is not up to the level of the brilliant 2001 or 1998, the two finest Cuvees des Cadettes I have tasted. In short, it seems to have tightened up and taken on a far more tannic personality than it had last year. Anticipated maturity: now-2014.
    Rhone ValleyChâteauneuf-du-Pape
    Alcohol
    14.5

    Grape varieties
    Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre

    Dessert wine
    No

    Environment
    Organic wines

    Wine Spectator
    93

    Country
    France

    Wine certification
    AOC

    Vineyard
    Cotes du Rhone Meridionales

    Area
    Rhone Valley

    Appellation
    Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    Color
    Red

    Producer
    Château La Nerthe

    Parker
    95

    Allergens
    Contains sulphites

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