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Domaine Giraud Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2003

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Decanted on the fly at the dinner table. Opened up nicely in the mouth but not on to the nose. Velvety smooth on the palate, light caramel, mildy tobacco with a dense plummy fruit simulating a newer port.

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Domaine Giraud:
The 'domaine' saw the light of day thanks to Pierre and Mireille's zeal and two families coming together. Pierre Giraud is the son of a long line of winegrowers going back more than six centuries. Descendant of the Arrnenier family, he's always tended his vineyard with loving care. The Buou family owned the village distillery for generations; Mireille has always worked alongside her husband hel... Read more
The 'domaine' saw the light of day thanks to Pierre and Mireille's zeal and two families coming together. Pierre Giraud is the son of a long line of winegrowers going back more than six centuries. Descendant of the Arrnenier family, he's always tended his vineyard with loving care. The Buou family owned the village distillery for generations; Mireille has always worked alongside her husband helping to expand the vineyard. Now she looks after the day-to-day running of the Domaine. The story begins in 1974 when Pierre and Mireille took on 4ha (10 acres) of vines as tenant farmers. For 12 years, the domaine would grow little by little through purchasing pieces of rented land. In 1981. Pierre and Mireille turned the family distillery into a winemaking and barrel-ageing cellar. That same year, the domaine 's first vintage would be born. In 1987. the running of the Armenier family's vineyard was handed down to their children. Pierre and Mireille took care of 8ha (20 acres) of 100 year old vines found on the Crau plateau, Les Terres Blanches ('White Earth'), the Gallimardes and the sandy soils around Pignan in the Rayas area. In 1998. Pierre was ready to pass on his love of the vine and wine to his children. Marie and Francois took on the estate hand-in-hand. Under their parents' watchful eye. they devoted themselves to tending vines and winemaking. They focused their efforts on selecting parcel by parcel, doing minimal treatments, upgrading their cellar to make finer and finer wines while respecting family traditions. Read less

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Snooth User: brianucity
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03/22/2010

Decanted on the fly at the dinner table. Opened up nicely in the mouth but not on to the nose. Velvety smooth on the palate, light caramel, mildy tobacco with a dense plummy fruit simulating a newer port.


External Reviews for Domaine Giraud Châteauneuf-du-Pape

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

The 2003 Chacirc;teauneuf-du-Pape showed nice plum, cherry, and resiny notes, savory, expressive, fleshy flavors, and low acidity. Drink it over the next 5ndash;6 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The 2001 Chateauneuf Du Pape's dark/ruby plum color is accompanied by delicious, sexy aromas of ground pepper, kirsch liqueur, roasted peanuts, and lavender. Full-bodied, broad, and expansive, it is a succulent, hedonistic fruit bomb to enjoy over the next 7-8 years.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Bright red. Sexy, inviting red berry and subtle spice aromas display compelling purity and focus. Sweet and silky on the palate, with utterly seductive flavors of bright raspberry and wild strawberry. The raspberry note echoes on the gently tannic finish. Bright and elegant for the vintage.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Medium in body with a low tannin level, making this CDP a great drinker now. The flavors are of raspberries, maraschino cherry and spice. The finish is sweet and bright; drink this one with roasted turkey.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

Domaine Giraud is one of many Chateauneuf du Pape estates that has been producing better and better wines over the last decade. Their medium ruby-colored 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape reveals raisiny, sweet, nearly overripe cherry notes along with good body, but a disjointed, diffuse character. Irsquo;m not sure this is an accurate portrayal of the wine, but thatrsquo;s the way it tasted the day I saw it. Drink it over the next 7ndash;8 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

An artisanal wine that harks back to another era, showing wet earth. Almost funky, with raspberry jam, mineral, stone, saddle leather and citrus complexity. Plenty to like, with no obvious oak to interfere with this distinctive version of the local terroir. Not imported into the U.S. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The 2001 Châteauneuf du Pape reveals a character similar to its older sibling, with additional texture, structure, and delineation (from the cooler harvest conditions). Sweet dried Provencal herb, roasted meat, ground pepper, and kirsch liqueur aromas jump from the glass of this deep ruby-colored offering. It possesses excellent texture, a big, chewy, succulent mouthfeel, and a spicy, long finish. It may deserve an outstanding score. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2013.




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