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Community Tasting Notes (2) Avg Score: 91 points

  • This cuvée is, basically, a blend of old vines -60 to 70 years old- of Grenache (80%), Syrah and Mourvèdre aged in casks, a few of them being new. Not surprisingly for a 2006, this Vieilles Vignes is more evolved than its counterparts, displaying some fine notes of Mocha behind a concentrated and elegant body. I recommend drinking up this nice effort now as it will certainly hold for long but will surely not improve. 91 points

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  • This came across quite raspy on the nose, with dried herb, tar and game characteristics more forward than any distinct fruit-driven aromatics (contrary to first pour approx two hours prior). What fruit did emerge was defiantly black and brambly, but the garrigue notes were predominant, giving this a certain old-school CdP feel that runs contrary to my early impressions of it at the Bosquet des Papes cellar (lush, heady Grenache; contrary to what some believe, I assure you there is more than enough fruit to maintain the fruit/structure balance here). Regardless, a pleasant archetype for CdP in the hybrid sense, a synthesis of new-world ripeness and the softening effects of glycerol (the alcohol is very present, if at times a bit oppressive) and the old-world balance of acidity, layers and occasional flaws. This is sorely in need of time, I'm afraid. Hold, hold, hold.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    January/February 2009, IWC Issue #142, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes) Subscribe to see review text.

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Vinous

  • By Josh Raynolds
    January/February 2008, IWC Issue #136, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes) Subscribe to see review text.

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