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 Vintage2011 Label 1 of 15 
TypeRed
ProducerBosquet des Papes (web)
VarietyRed Rhone Blend
DesignationChante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionRhône
SubRegionSouthern Rhône
AppellationChâteauneuf-du-Pape

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2017 and 2023 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.9 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 10 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Dovberg on 12/29/2014 & rated 89 points: Had a vertical tasting with Chante le Merle from four vintages: 07, 09, 11 and 12.

The most fruity vintage of the wine. Cassics, raspberry and orange juice on the nose. Not as heady as the other vintages.

Clear zingy acid, like soda pop. Fruit driven with dried strawberries, mushrooms and orange juice. Gets a bit short on the finish and feels a bit soft. Quite a difference going from the dry, heady -09 to this. Even though -09 was the stylistically poorest (in our opinion) vintage the -11 vintage lacks complexity and length compared to the -09 and therefor is rated lower. (822 views)
 Tasted by phil the agony on 11/7/2014 & rated 92 points: Bonbons,feuilles,bleuets sauvages,cuirs,pas trop alcooleux !
Le meilleur de la première vague. (948 views)
 Tasted by d'Artagnan on 11/6/2014 & rated 92 points: Dégustation horizontale Châteauneuf du Pape 2011 (Salle de dégustation Laurier): Un nez de laurier, de fruit rouge, avec des notes de garrigue.
De corps moyen, il offre une belle bouche fruitée, gourmande, d'un bel équilibre, avec de jolis arômes de kirsch et de fraises. J'ai cru qu'il s'agissait du Charvin. 91-92 (1131 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 8/26/2014 & rated 92 points: Blending 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre produced a wine with a smoky, incense and red berry nose. Fresh, silky, lush and concentrated, the wine ends with a blast of kirsch liqueur in the finish. This should get better with a few years of age. (1617 views)
 Tasted by kosinski on 1/4/2014: Dark violet color. Rich, creamy aromas of black cherries and a hint of spice. Rich and creamy as well on the palate with flavors of black cherry and leather. Considerable but smooth tannin and acidity. Grace notes of vanilla and spice. Needs some cellar time to mellow and integrate. (1902 views)
 Tasted by Christoffer78 on 11/8/2013 & rated 93 points: This is a beautiful vintage of the Chante Le Merle. It is for sure a bit lighter on its feet compare to 07, 09 and 010 but it delivers a truly nice experience tonight. With rich morellos, minerals, garrigue and herbal tones of thyme and sage the nose is just lovely. The palate adds to the overall experience with perfect integration and a profound complexity. There is not a hard edge to the wine but compared to the Cuvée Tradition, I think patience will be rewarded here. A classy but also classical Chateauneuf which certainly deserves some attention! (1754 views)
 Tasted by Reptibark on 2/19/2013 & rated 92 points: This wine reminds me of Chinese food, with the sweet/spicy notes of duck fat, grease, fresh and dried herbs and a long finish. It is full bodied and deep, with lots of character. I've never had Chante le Merle before but I am now looking forward to trying other vintages. (1937 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 2/8/2013 & rated 93 points: Barrel sample - Very dark ruby color; focused, beet juice, tart cherry nose; tasty, rich, dried cherry beet juice, garrigue palate; needs 1-2 years and should go 15+; medium-plus finish (85% Grenache, 8% Mourvedre, 7% Syrah; whole cluster fermentation) 93-94 points (664 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2014, IWC Issue #172
(Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes) Subscribe to see review text.
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2013, IWC Issue #166
(Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (11/22/2012)
(Bosquet des Papes, Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #13 (10/1/2012)
(Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes Red) Login and sign up and see review text.   90-93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/8/2013)
(Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes) Barrel sample - Very dark ruby color; focused, beet juice, tart cherry nose; tasty, rich, dried cherry beet juice, garrigue palate; needs 1-2 years and should go 15+; medium-plus finish (85% Grenache, 8% Mourvedre, 7% Syrah; whole cluster fermentation) 93-94 points  93 points
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Bosquet des Papes

Producer website - Read more about Bosquet des Papes

Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes

Production
10,000 to 13,000 bottles per year
Terroir/Average age of the vineyard
Clay-limestone soil with rolled pebbles which store up heat during the day and restore it to the vine stocks during the night.
Mix of all types of soil of the appellation (pebble, clay, and sand)
Selection of vines of 80 to 90 years old
Blend
80% Grenache Noir
10% Syrah
10% Mourvèdre
Wine making/Aging
Traditional wine making thermoregulated concrete vats
No de-stemming
Some unballastings and daily pumping-over carried out with great care.
Fermentation of skins: approximately 35 days
Aging in large oak barrels and new deim-muids (15-20%): 12 to 18 months
Source:CHANTE-LE-MERLE-VIEILLES-VIGNES.pdf

Red Rhone Blend

Read about the different grapes used to produce red and white Rhone wines
On CellarTracker, Red Rhone Blend is the term for a wine consisting of two or more of the traditional 13 Southern Rhone grape varieties. Typically it's the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre or Cinsault grapes, but can also contain the Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Roussanne, Terret Noir, Picardan or Vaccarese grapes.


A 'food' wine. Lacking pretension and intended for local consumption with local cuisine. Lacks the 'high' notes on a Bordeaux, more earthy and sharper so often a better partner to meat dishes with a sauce.

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Rhône

Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Southern Rhône

Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Southern Rhone Valley

RP APPRAISAL OF SOUTHERN RHONE VINTAGES:
WA: 2011 88R / 2010 98T / 2009 93E/ 2008 86R / 2007 98E / 2006 92R / 2005 95T / 2004 88R / 2003 90I / 2002 58C / 2001 96T / 2000 98E

### 2005 ###
In southern Rhone, 2005 was a below average sized crop, because of continuing drought and the fact that there are so many old vineyards where low yields are the rule of thumb even in an abundant year. While 2005 is truly an excellent vintage in the south, I do not believe it is a compellingly great vintage, because it has more in common with beefed up, improved version of 1995 than with what I consider an irrefutably great vintage like 1998, 2001 or even 2000. Certainly the wines have plenty of structure and possess fresher, more vibrant acidities than most years provide. The top wines also display impressive levels of concentration. However all the 2005s tend to reveal a certain firmness, and if the grapes were picked too soon, or the vinification/upbringing were not carefully handled, there is a toughness and austerity to the tannins that ultimately will prove to be problematic. Nevertheless, there is an ocean of top wines.


### 2007 ###
The 2007 vintage in Southern France was wonderful. Here is what controversial Robert M. Parker (Wine Advocate Issue 179) said about it, “Throughout the southern Rhône, 2007 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in my thirty years working in that region. I think of 2007 as a hypothetical blend of an opulent, powerful, sumptuous year such as 1990, and a cooler draught vintage such as 2001. The cool weather and the remarkable three weeks of Mistral in September that concentrated the grapes without any spikes of high heat appears to have given the 2007s an aromatic dimension and freshness that I have rarely witnessed. Combine that with wines that are substantial, powerful, and relatively high in alcohol, with super depth of fruit! These are very aromatic wines of great concentration, freshness, laser-like focus, and amazing purity as well as depth. It is the vintage of my lifetime for this region, and I don’t say that lightly.”

### 2010 ###
Robert Parker, on the 2010 vintage:
"Some producers think 2010 eclipses 2007 because of the wines' vivid freshness and focus. Throughout the southern Rhône, the hallmarks of the vintage are very dense purple, sometimes even blue/black colors as well as higher acid levels that have not been seen since 2004 and 2001. In fact, 2010's paradox is that I can't remember a vintage so concentrated, powerful and rich that also has such zesty acidity. The 2010s will have significant aging potential, which is obvious in the level of tannins, but the tannins are sweet with exceptional elegance and finesse. The ratio of high extractive and phenolic skins to the juice has produced wines of extraordinary intensity, freshness, aromatic potential and obvious longevity. This is another great vintage that offers an embarrassment of riches for this region that has enjoyed a succession of extraordinary years."

### 2011 ###
- "has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year…" -Wine Spectator
- "fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers…" -Stephen Tanzer
- “we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages." -Michel Chapoutier on how 2011 is a combination of the 2009 and 2010 vintage
- The 2011 Southern Rhone Region was Rated 89-92 by Wine Spectator's Vintage Chart!

(By Wine Spectator
2011 Vintage Report: France
A first look at vintage quality in French wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers
Posted: November 14, 2011
Rhône Valley
The 2011 harvest has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year, though a handful rued some late rains and heat that blemished what could have been a perfect growing season.

By Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011 and 2010 Southern Rhone Wines
By Josh Raynolds
Jan/Feb 2013
"...fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers who lack the facilities or patience for long-term storage.
Fans of graceful, fruit-driven Rhone wines will find plenty to like from 2011 and, as was the case in 2008, 2006 and 2004…"

By vitabella.fr
Michel Chapoutier on 2011 in Rhone Valley: A detailed Early Report
26 Octobre 2011
The tastings of the 2011 vintage have recently given an opportunity for Michel Chapoutier to give his first impressions of the quality of this vintage for the appellations of the Rhone Valley. Prior to the presentation of each appellation, he noted that "after a warm and sunny 2009 vintage that resulted in the exuberance of grape varieties, 2010 was a fresher year with slow maturities which generally gave tense wines - to those who were able to wait for the phenolic maturity - some mineral wines, elegant with an outward expression of the soil, we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages. "
"This 2011 harvest in Rhone Valley was both early and late: a real paradox!"

By Wine Spectator’s Vintage Chart
Southern Rhone
Vintage: 2011
Score: 89-92
Drink Rec: NYR
Description: Warm spring, but cool, wet weather in July and August led to uneven ripening; Indian summer saved the vintage. Grenache is light, but Syrah and Mourvèdre strong, so blending key; there will be some excellent wines, but heterogenous from domaine to domaine.)

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Appellation - Read more about Chateauneuf du Pape

Another site on this appellation
Vineyards on weinlagen-info

"As I have written many times in the past, the sweet spot for drinking Châteauneuf du Papes is usually the first 5-6 years after the vintage. Then they seem to go through an adolescent, awkward, and sometimes dormant stage, only to re-emerge around year 10-12, where the majority of wines are often fully mature. The best of them will continue to hold on to life (but rarely improving) beyond 15-20 years. It is only the exceptional Châteauneuf du Papes that will evolve for 20-25+ years, and those are indeed a rarity. However, things may be improving dramatically in terms of the longevity of Châteauneuf du Pape, although Grenache-dominated wines, the vast majority of wines produced in the appellation, are wines that do not have the polyphenol (extract and tannin) content of top Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, or Syrah-based wines. Nevertheless, the younger generation in Châteauneuf du Pape has taken seriously the farming in the vineyards. There are more organic and biodynamically run vineyards here than in any other appellation of France. The yields, which were already low, are even lower today (20-35 hectoliters per hectare), and of course, the proliferation of top luxury and/or old-vine cuvées gives a significant boost to the number of wines that will evolve past 25 or 30 years. The advantage of these wines is their broad window of drinkability." ( Robert Parker )

 
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