Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Chateau La Nerthe 2003 Chateauneuf Du Pape

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


Joe said...

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.

Shea said...

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