2010 Bosquet des Papes "Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Even more extraordinary is the compelling 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante Le Merle. Inky bluish/purple, the wine offers up notes of incense, camphor, blueberry, blackberry and black raspberry liqueur followed by an exciting, full-bodied, multi-dimensional mouthfeel and finish of close to a minute. This is stunningly rich and pure, yet has remarkable delineation, and because of the acid profile of this vintage, it seems light on its feet despite what Iím sure is 15%-plus alcohol. This wine should evolve over a two decade span and be completely drinkable over that entire period.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(80% grenache and 10% each of mourvedre and syrah, fermented with whole clusters; the grenache was raised in old foudres and the mourvedre and syrah were raised in demi-muids): Glass-staining ruby. Heady aromas of red berry preserves, incense, lavender and spicecake. Sappy raspberry and cherry flavors are complicated by suggestions of cinnamon and anise, with nervy minerality adding lift and spine. A suave and refined Chateauneuf, with very good finishing punch, vivacity and lingering spiciness.