2007 Bosquet des Papes "Chante le Merle" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)
95 points Robert Parker: "The 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes comes from extremely old vines (90-100 years of age), includes 100% whole clusters, and was aged in both neutral foudres and demi-muids. Exhibiting the deepest color as well as the greatest concentration of this quartet, it appears to be the finest example of this cuvee since the prodigious 1990. Terrific notes of licorice, incense, seaweed wrappers, black raspberries, blackberries, and cherries are present in the incredibly complex aromatic display. Deep and full-bodied with lots of roasted herb and meat juice-like characteristics, this big, extravagantly rich, full-bodied wine possesses silky tannins as well as a finish that lasts nearly 50 seconds. It should drink well for two decades." (10/09) 92(+?) points Stephen Tanzer's IWC: "Opaque ruby. Smoky, mineral-driven aromas of dark berries, violet and licorice, with a hint of cracked pepper. Weighty but surprisingly energetic, offering sweet blackberry and blueberry flavors and musky herbal and floral qualities. Chewier than the previous wine, finishing with strong grip and very good smoky thrust. Give this some cellar time." (Jan/Feb 10) 93 points Wine Spectator: "This has range and depth, with mesquite, iron and shiso leaf notes up front, followed by a dense core of crushed plum, fig sauce and Kenya AA coffee notes. There's nice smoke-tinged grip on the finish. Best from 2010 through 2034." (11/09) ETA for this wine is February 2010.