2012 Bosquet des Papes "Tradition" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1153300 92-94 points 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)  (10/ 2013)

90-92 points 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  (1/ 2014)

Jancis Robinson

 (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.  (11/ 2013)

K&L Notes

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)

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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