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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.
14.5% alcohol gives this a great and almost oily texture and a faint sense of sweetness. Blind, it reminded me of an unoaked French chardonnay. Lots of nice pears, minerals, a hint of toast but not oaky, relatively light acidity. Very nice quaffer.
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.
Good value for money - Light enough for fish.
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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.
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.
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.
Not up to the level of Jaboulet’s Domaine de Thalabert bottling, the 2003 Les Jalets is nevertheless a very good wine, offering peppery, herbal and red-fruit aromas and flavors of tart cherries and green olives. Despite the red-green character of the fruit, the mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy. Turns crisp on the finish.
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
Displays velvety blackberry fruit with smoky spice on the finish. Perfect with lamb.
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