Brooding, packed, and completely hedonistic, the 2003 Domaine Père Pape La Crau de Ma Mère Châteauneuf-du-Pape is great Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the making. First and foremost, it is essential to state that the 2003 La Crau de Ma Mère is no lightweight, despite its formidable up front appeal, lush texture, and flamboyant flavor profile. It tops out at more than 14.5% alcohol, but it never appears out of balance. The wine is deep in color and the nose is heady and vinous, exhibiting seductive hints of cherry, kirsch, and plum. In the mouth the 2003 La Crau de Ma Mère is rich, sexy, and utterly pleasing. It has layers of fruit and a gorgeous mid palate, which is interwoven with violets and oriental spice. Moreover, the wine can breathe for hours, revealing new and interesting nuances of flavor with every sip, and then finish like gangbusters. Better still, this three year old Châteauneuf-du-Pape has just begun to reveal its true colors. Can any of us wait a few more years to catch the 2003 La Crau de Ma Mère wine at its peak? In an ideal world, each of us should have a bottle of the 2003 Domaine Père Pape La Crau de Ma Mère Châteauneuf-du-Pape on the table, and a case, or two, or three in the cellar. We suggest that you serve this youthful Provencal treasure at cool room temperature (64°-66° F), with just a few minutes if aeration. Otherwise, give it at least two hours or more of breathing time, and taste the fireworks. Each scenario offers its own set of rewards. A votre santé!