2000 Bosquet des Papes "Cuvee Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1127934 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The most concentrated and potentially longest-lived cuvee is the Chante Le Merle. The 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes is peppery, garrigue, lavender, black cherry, currant, and new saddle leather-scented and flavored. It possesses a deep plum/ruby color, serious concentration, loads of rich fruit, plenty of spice, and a provocative perfume of roasted herbs, licorice, mincemeat, and black fruits. This full-bodied 2000 is softer than the 2001, but 1-2 years of cellaring is warranted. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2016. Prices for the Boiron family wines remain among the most reasonable in Chateauneuf du Pape ... remarkable given the high quality of all three cuvees, and the fact that this family has been making Chateauneuf du Pape for five generations. (RP)  (2/ 2003)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good full amber-edged ruby. Complex black fruit, licorice, roasted herb and pain grille aromas. Dense and tightly wound; distinctly more vibrant and penetrating than the basic and grenache bottlings. Quite juicy in the middle. This offers impressive texture and structure. Very long finish throws off notes of spice and licorice; serious but fine tannins grew with aeration. 91(+?)  (2/ 2003)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Distinctive--excellent Châteauneuf character. Traditional and aromatic, a full-bodied wine that bursts with leather, smoke, mineral, game and wild mushrooms. Round, smooth and ripe, it could use some time in the cellar to reach its peak, but it's tempting now, thanks to the graceful tannins and fresh vibrant finish.  (11/ 2002)

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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