Chateau La Nerthe 2003 Chateauneuf Du Pape

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I picked this up with the knowledge that Chateau La Nerthe has established a very fine reputation for their CDP bottlings, but also knowing that 2003 was a sporadic year. But, I’ve had some good 03’s so I figured it was worth a try.

The nose was classic southern Rhone grenache based blend – earthy, dusty, roasted and briary red fruits. The palate continued this trend and had a nice hint of savory earth that was well balanced with the simple cherry fruit. I found this exceedingly pleasant, but lacking depth, especially at this price point. A solid but disappointing wine from a top CDP estate.

Very Good+
$65 at BCLDB

Comments

  1. Joe
    June 19, 2008

    I’ve had La Nerthe a few times – the 2000 came in dead last at one of our blinded tastings. Disappointing, really. But the white? Spectacular.

  2. Shea
    June 20, 2008

    Ya definitely leaves something to be desired. I will check out the white if I get a chance.

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