2019 Bosquet des Papes "Chante le Merle" Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1530532 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The old vine cuvée, the 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes is 85% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre brought up mostly in foudre, with a small portion in demi-muids. Its deep ruby hue is followed by a stunning array of ripe black raspberry and cherry fruits as well as ground pepper, Provençal garrigue, sandalwood, and exotic spices. Beautiful on the palate as well, it's medium to full-bodied and has a layered, rich, concentrated mouthfeel, building, firm tannins, and outstanding length. It will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and shine for two decades. Inner quote mark (11/2021)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Steeped plum and cherry compote notes are the main marker here, though chestnut, sweet bay, singed alder and tobacco flavors all make their presence known. Tar and licorice root accents underline the finish, giving this a toothy, old school edge. Rock solid, throwback-styled Châteauneuf-du-Pape. (JM) Inner quote mark (10/2021)

K&L Notes

John Livingstone-Learmonth: "Dark red colour; the bouquet leaves room for mystery, development, has a raspberry fruit, plum tone with a rustle of dried herbs, talks of its place. The palate gives a lissom run of red stone fruited flavour with doses of energy and life in the tannins, too. It’s an STGT Châteauneuf that can evolve well, with nudges of local colour in it. There is good fibre in the texture, and it carries definite interest. The finish can amplify, with the tannins a little out on their own there for now, but a good structure will ensure a happy future." (11/2020)

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