Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes 2016 (750ml)

Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes 2016 (750ml)

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The all whole-bunch 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes is 85% Grenache, with the balance a mix of Mourvèdre and Syrah. The vines are all 80 to 90 years old, selected from parcels in Brusquières, Gardiole, Mont-Redon and Pignan. Glorious raspberry and cherry fruit picks up hints of mint and some stemmy notes, but they're remarkably well-integrated and should be completely absorbed within a couple of years. Full-bodied, rich and creamy in texture, this tour de force remains lively, silky and long on the finish. With 1,000 cases produced, it should be reasonably priced and reasonably available—an increasingly rare combination in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate

This has a lovely feel, with a silky but persistent structure allowing a range of creamed raspberry, damson plum and boysenberry fruit flavors to glide through, while light rooibos tea, sandalwood and anise accents chime throughout. Shows pretty floral lift at the end. Highly Recommended. James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

Region: Southern Rhone, France

Grape Varietal: 85% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre & Syrah

Critic Review: Wine Advocate 97 Points, Wine Spectator 95 Points

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