2013 Bosquet des Papes "Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $60)

SKU #1240333 92-94 points Vinous

 Deep ruby. Exotically perfumed scents of dark berries, dried flowers, incense and peppery spices; there was a lot of stem inclusion here and it shows. Spicy, sweet and penetrating, showing excellent depth to its black raspberry and floral pastille flavors, which spread out nicely on the back half. Pure, focused and seamless in texture, finishing with outstanding thrust and spicy persistence. (JR)  (4/2015)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 92+ points. One of the most structured wines in the vintage, the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes gives up ample kirsch, licorice, dried spices and ground pepper in its medium to full-bodied, concentrated, tannic profile. Made from 90% Grenache, 5% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre, it has terrific length and the tannin is polished and ripe, but at the moment it’s backwards and closed. Give it another year or two and enjoy bottles through 2028. Built like an NFL linebacker, Nicolas Boiron produces some of the most traditional and structured wines in the appellation. Both of his 2013s were slightly closed at the time of my tastings, but they have lots of potential and will reward cellaring. (JD)  (10/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Juicy but still youthfully taut, this offers lots of brambly grip, keeping the core of steeped plum and raspberry fruit in reserve. Mouthwatering anise and violet notes stream through the finish, which displays a nicely buried tarry edge. Best from 2016 through 2024. (JM)  (11/2015)

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Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5