2001 Bosquet des Papes "Cuvée Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L)

SKU #1143433 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The old vine cuvee, the 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes, exhibits great purity, but it is far more backward than its two siblings. This deep plum/purple-colored effort offers a smorgasbord of aromas, including lavender, ground pepper, currants, cherries, and spice box. The firmness, tannic clout, dense, expansive flavors, and rich, powerful finish are impressive, but patience is warranted. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2015.  (2/2004)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, dark red. Highly aromatic nose of raspberry, fruitcake, pepper, leather, licorice and gingerbread. Intensely flavored and spicy, with youthful flavors of berry skin and pepper. Sharply delineated, firm and peppery, with the structure to age. Still rather tightly wound and in need of at least four or five years of aging. This has turned out well.  (2/2004)

Jancis Robinson

 Floral fragrance. Real lift and suppleness with a whiff of Syrah on the nose. Relatively high acidity and some quite tough tannins still. A very chunky wine on the palate.  (10/2005)

Wine Spectator

 Distinctive red, with a dried herbs, game, Asian spices and green olive character. Traditional style, medium-bodied, with a sweet tannin structure. This has a good personality, with a lingering finish, but give it time to show it all. Best from 2007 through 2014.  (8/2003)

K&L Notes

13.5% abv.

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Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5