A great surprise here; tastes like a very, very young wine, very fresh and lively, no sign of heat, somewhat polished, but not overdone, a very civilized neuf with sweet fruit dominating with the local character present, but in the background. Certainly one of the best 2003's, I have tasted. This will go on ten years, but there are no hard edges now, so ...
Definitely at peak drinking window. Nice notes of cherry liqueur and toasted herbs, classic silky texture, maybe a bit short on the finish but otherwise a good wine with a range of dishes at Cafe Bizou.
Still plenty of fruit, spices on the nose, soft tannins and nice fruit on the palate. Very nice with rare seared duck breast. Glad to have 4 left, but need to drink them relatively soon as I think this has peaked or is close after 3+ years in my cellar.
I think i missed the boat on this one, probably a little past its prime and a little heavier on anise than I like (personal preference). Drank with Thanksgiving dinner and my normal trinity of wine (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and CDP) with turkey, and this played second fiddle to the Pinot Noir. It lacked the pizzaz I was expecting and ended up being a little disappointing.
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(Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Mourre des Perdrix) Intriguing dark plum and ripe cherry nose; supple, ripe, elegant cherry and kirsch palate, a little chewy, though with firm tannins; medium finish
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