2007 Bosquet des Papes "Chante le Merle" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

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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.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape