As this is generic Crozes-Hermitage, I am not shocked to find the wine has peaked - decent vintage notwithstanding. Virtually no tannins remain and flavor is dominated by stewed confit, a hint of old tennis shoe and unpleasant tartness on the palate. Although the wine is technically sound, I'd try an more recent vintage. Bad bottle?
Elegant and balanced. Soft and polished. Focused purity. Meat. Fruit. Cream. Acts I, II and III. Runs you up the tree. Offers you the options to get down. And finishes with happily ever after.
Kiwi, orange nose - perfumed, bubble gum, smoke! Insane. Very soft tannins. Very balanced and interesting. Ready and quaffable. Black fruit, cinnamon. Subtle and complex. Meaty. Hard cheese. Soft. Beery? Medium body.
very ripe, but not overly so, tasted like Cali fruit with very good balance. impressive.
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A Marsanne wine from Rhone in France. 2003 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage Chevalier de Sterimberg 750ml
This well-known Rhone négociant, owned by the Jaboulet family since 1834, was sold earlier this year to Jean-Jacques Frey, owner of Château La Lagune and part-owner of Billecart-Salmon. Heat and drought in 2003 resulted in dramatically lower yields than normal for this estate red. The Syrah grapes were fermented in glass-lined concrete vats for three weeks and spent 18 months aging in barrel (less than 50 percent new oak) before being bottled, unfiltered.
Made from microscopic yields of 6 hectoliters per hectare, the profound 2003 Crozes-Hermitage Raymond Roure is an atypically powerful Crozes that tips the scales at 15% alcohol. Aged completely in neu... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 2003 Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes Hermitage Raymond Roure 750ml
Massively built, this swaggers like a prizefighter, its deep, staining flavors of black fruits and molasses throbbing with raw, smoky power. It’s clearly in need of time, but it will always be a wine that thrives on muscularity rather than finesse or complexity. It’s impressive for the sheer scale of its fruit and the way that the ripeness is controlled within a structured frame. Be prepared for a heady, full-throttled experience.
Deep, saturated ruby. Intensely spicy aromas of blackberry, bitter cherry, tobacco and minerals, with a complicating note of black pepper that became more pronounced with air. This is quite fresh and lively for the vintage, showing tangy red and dark... Stephen Tanzer. A Syrah wine from Rhone in France. 2003 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage la Chapelle 750ml
The finest example of this cuvee since 1990, the 2003 Hermitage La Chapelle (50,000 bottles rather than the normal 96,000+ were produced) possesses an inky/purple color as well as a tremendous bouquet of creme de cassis, crushed flowers, truffles, and licorice. Full-bodied and powerful (15% natural alcohol) with good freshness and definition, this big, rich, dense, reassuringly great La Chapelle should be cellared for 5–8 years, and drunk over the following 20–25.
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