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Cornas Les Grandes Terrasses 2003

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Summary

Terroir: The name says it all. Jaboulet Cornas "Les Grand Terrasses" is sourced from the exceedingly steep terraces of Cornas. Granite makes up the majority of these well drained southeast facing vineyards where Syrah vines averaging 45+ years send their roots deep to cling to the steep hillsides.

Vinification: Grapes are sorted, crushed and vinified at cool temperatures over a period of 3 to 4 weeks. The young wines are aged for 12 months in 20% new oak.

Vintage Notes

Dark, very deep color with purple tinges. Great aromatic richness, with hints of soft fruit (blackcurrant, raspberry) and touches of pepper and licorice. Rich and fleshy on the palate, developing into remarkable fullness, around an imposing tannic structure. It is a wine that lacks nothing.

Varietal: Syrah: 100%

Recent Press

  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Image International Wine Cellar Author: Other
    Date: Sunday, January 1, 2006

    "Dark red color. Smoky and ripe on the nose, with dense notes of bitter chocolate and dark plum. Lush and thick, with ripe flavors of cherry and cassis and an impressively chewy texture. Finishes with firm tannins that avoid coming off as harsh."

  • Score: 89 Points

    Wine Image Wine Spectator Author: James Molesworth
    Date: Thursday, December 1, 2005

    "Briary in feel and filled with dark berry, bramble, tar, olive paste and game notes. Dark, brawny finish. Best from 2007 through 2015." - James Molesworth

  • Wine Image The Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker
    Date: Monday, December 27, 2004

    "Not surprisingly, the 2003 Cornas Les Grandes Terraces (made from purchased grapes) reveals just how successful this vintage was in Cornas. Made from 100% destemmed fruit, it possesses a dark, earthy, blackberry and currant -scented nose as well as sweet, leathery, black fruit-dominated flavors, good tannin, and a long finish. Cellar it for 2-3 years and enjoy it over the following decade." -- Robert Parker

    Grade: 87 to 90 points

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