Patrick Lesec Chateauneuf-du-Pape Pierres Dorees 2003

Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France

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Item No. 85837
  • red wine
  • RP94

Winemaker's Notes

"The 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Pierres Dorees is a knock-out offering. A blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre (two-thirds of the latter is aged in small barrels and one-third of the Grenache is aged in foudre, and the rest in tank), it includes 100% of the grape stems. From the La Crau and Valori sectors, it is a potentially awesome Chateauneuf du Pape with a saturated deep ruby color, a classic structure, and a superb perfume of black fruits, licorice, roasted meats, and earth. This full-bodied, dense, extremely persistent 2003 requires 3-4 years of cellaring, and should drink well for 12-15 years (one of the longest lived wines in the Lesec portfolio)."
-Wine Advocate 92-94 Points

Learn About Chateauneuf-du-Pape

(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Rhone Red Blends

The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...

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