2012 Bosquet des Papes "Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Even better, the brilliant 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes is comprised of mostly old vine Grenache, with smaller parts Syrah and Mourvedre. Perfumed and already complex, with kirsch, blackberry, crushed stone, pepper and garrigue, this full-bodied effort has a silky, polished texture, big structure and serious length on the finish. It will mostly likely benefit for 3-4 years in the cellar and have 15-20 years of total longevity. Drink 2017-2032. (94-96+, JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(made with whole clusters): Deep ruby. Complex bouquet of ripe cherry, blood orange, succulent herbs and potpourri. Nicely concentrated and sappy, with cherry and bitter rhubarb flavors gaining sweetness with air. Finishes with powerful thrust, good grip and fine-grained tannins, leaving a sexy floral pastille note behind.
85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre. 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)