2001 Bosquet des Papes "Cuvée Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)
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.
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.