Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (David Schildknecht) / Côtes du Roussillon Villages 2003

2007-10-30 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Their 2003 Côtes du Roussillon Villages (from Grenache and Carignan with a bit of Syrah and Mourvèdre) represents a selection for the best half dozen districts and soils of Roussillon, matured mostly in larger-than-barrique barrels. Aromas of black cherry, soy, resin and herbs lead to a polished, indeed positively creamy palate loaded with cherry and plum, alluringly-complemented by mocha and brown spices, and tinged with pleasing iodine and toasted nut bitterness. Remarkably sappy and juicy not to mention polished for a 2003, this wine’s long, heat-free finish will reel you right back in for more. It represents an outstanding value, and may well gain in complexity over the next several years. US$ 23