We had a Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2003, Domaine Lucien Barrot from Majestic with lunch today. It was a rich ruby colour with a little brick on the edge. 2003 was hot. Absurdly hot. I got heatstroke in Galicia hot. So 2003 wines do behave a little oddly and they seem to be ageing faster than normal.
This was a fairly full on wine. It smelled smoky and spicy and a little bit like old buildings – something like leather and floor polish, but in a good way. There was rich forest fruit too.
It was dry with balanced acidity and firm tannins. The flavours carried through from the nose with the smoky spice coming through strongly. 13.5 % alcohol made t feel yet more powerful. It certainly needed food.
At about £15 this was a reasonably priced Chateauneuf, if not an economy wine. I liked it and I’d have it again with a Sunday lunch, but it’s a little expensive, as all CNDP’s tend to be. It would be great if instead of renaming French Fries ‘Freedom Fries’, US consumers would boycott French and Italian wines, though I suspect they’re different consumer groups.