Glossy, polished, texture and a strong aroma of spiced raisin, blackcurrent and liquorice. The palate is dense, inky and silky with raisiny fruit and gently bitter tannins. Delicious and unmistakable quality. Actually quite a bit of raisin, although stays pretty firmly on the right side of pleasant/off putting. 92 points
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On one hand I’m complaining about scores and then on the other I’m quoting them in an offer - such is the nature of the human dilemma but this traditional wine is not only in the bottle but it sings effortlessly with wings of old-vine sap and Grenache lace that are more than compelling. Who says you need a preponderance of new oak to make a great Chateauneuf? Not me.
We’ve been on a Rhone tear over the last week, the fruits of my last trip, and this is one of the cherries on the sundae. This wine keeps getting better and better and it should really blossom with another 4-6 years of cellaring. For a Vielles Vignes cuvee, it is extremely well priced:
This parcel has impeccable provenance directly from the source
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for terrific value in contrast to other high-end CdP cuvees:
2004 Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Chante Le Merle V.V.
(Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes) Faint berry nose; tasty, a little tight, good sous bois fruit; medium finish 91+ pts. (70% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, 5% Vaccarese)
(Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes) Vanilla, cherry and framboise nose; good, light bodied cherry, pepper palate with good acidity, drinking well now and not likely to age well; medium finish
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