2012 Bosquet des Papes "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Moving to Boiron’s 2012s, the straight 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape is stunning. Black cherry, ground pepper, bouquet garni and new leather-like aromas and flavors all flow from this medium to full-bodied, textured and seamless effort. While traditional in style, it’s remarkably polished and elegant, with no hard edges and very fine tannin. It should have 12-15 years of longevity and should not be missed. Drink 2015-2027. (JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby. Smoky cherry, cassis and black pepper on the nose, with hints of olive, violet and dark chocolate adding complexity. Big, mouthfilling and chewy, but with surprising vivacity to its fleshy dark berry and floral pastille flavors. Firm and focused on the finish, with supple tannins adding support and shape. Nicely concentrated for an entry-level bottling
Solid, with mesquite and singed cedar notes framing a juicy core of steeped raspberry and red currant fruit. Iron, rooibos tea and tobacco accents line the finish. A somewhat old-school version fleshed out by juicy fruit. Best from 2015 through 2025.
(Vineyard soil: galets, sand, clay-limestone. Lieu-dit: Esquirons, Trois Coups, Boursan, Barbe D’asne, Mont Redon, Gardioles, Pignan, Montpertuis, Grandes Serres, Terres Blanches, Bosquet. Grape varieties: 75% Grenache, 12% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 3% Cinsault.) Crimson. Gamey nose and massive substance - both fruit concentration and tannin. An ambitious wine made for the long term with lots packed in there though a possible shortage of juice. Marvel at how thick those grape skins must have been! Hint of coffee grounds on the end. Drink 2020-2030.
75% Grenache, 12% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 3% Cinsault. According to Wine Advocate: "An estate that seems to have found another level, quality-wise, Domaine du Bosquet des Papes has been run by the Boiron family for the past six generations. Located in the northern part of the appellation, the wines are now made by the talented Nicolas Boiron and offer classic, Provencal characters that scream Southern Rhone, yet also show beautiful polish and poise. His 2010s were the best wines I’ve tasted from the estate, and these 2011s and 2012s are not far behind. They are all noteworthy and worth tracking down." (10/2013, JD)