A SCORCHING VINTAGE
Clos de l’oratoire des papes red 2003
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Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault
Rolled pebbles, Sand (Safres), Sandstones, Limestone fragments
Partial de-stemming for this sunny vintage. The stalks helped to temper the ardor of the 2003. The extreme ripeness levels called for longer extractions and vatting periods of up to 6 weeks. Post-fermentation maceration at 30°C and stirring beneath the marc cap enabled us to achieve this wine’s remarkably rich and smooth structure.
16 months in French oak casks followed by 4 months in concrete vat.
Notes of scrubland herbs, cocoa, sultanas and roasted figs remind us of the scorching temperatures of the summer of 2003. This wine reveals the quintessence of this vintage with its disconcerting richness and intensity.
Food and wine pairing
The Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes red 2003 will make the perfect match for a slow roasted rack of lamb.
Between 15 and 16°C. This wine will flourish as soon as the bottle is opened but should not be left open for too long as its aromas could fade quickly.
This sunny vintage is already 18 years old. It is now at its peak and ready to be enjoyed.