2001 Les Bosquet des Papes "Chante Le Merle" Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes
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.
*Editors' Choice* Featuring bright, spicy red-fruit aromas, this is an exciting wine just to smell. Add in flavors of raspberry and cream, a lush texture, ample weight and a long-spice-driven finish, and you've got the whole package, at a realistic price. So ready and easy to drink now, it's reasonable to question its ageability, but on the other hand, why wait?
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.
Distinctive red, with a dried herbs, game, Asian spices and green olive character. Traditional style, medium-bodied, with a sweet tannin structure. This has a good personality, with a lingering finish, but give it time to show it all. Best from 2007 through 2014.