2000 Bosquet des Papes "Cuvee Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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)
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(+?)
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.