Last bottle, but surely a nice one! A totally brilliant effort. The Chante Le Merle continues to sing beautifully with plenty of integrated and balanced dark mature fruit, wet saddle leather, classy garrigue, abundant liquorice and fresh herbs. With an impressive texture and complexity, the integration is just superb. This is "total" experience - without doubt... The palate is full-throttle and has an impressive length and vibrant exuberant texture. Acidity is there, but still not overly expressed, just balanced. There is no sign of heat at all. The integration has just continued to improve and is no very impressive. Altogether a super effort! (score is 95+)
I was reluctant to rate this one because Rhone wines are apparently not really my thing. As they go, though this one was extremely pleasant. Very rich, strong floral bouquet; nicely integrated tannins, not overpowering the delicious ripe fruit; surprisingly long finish. A little heavy duty for my tastes, but an excellent and well balanced wine.
Nose is mostly raspberry and kirsch for me. The palate, though, is really interesting; a combination of cherry liqueur, blood, and tart acids. It's the sanguine flavor that really get me -- I'm a fan. But I could use a little more of a counterpoint to the fruit and tart. Still -- a wine worth watching, and I am glad that Bosquet is on my radar.
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(Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes) Dark garnet red color; lovely pepper, white pepper, anise, garrigue nose; tight, tasty, tart black fruit, pepper, white pepper, garrigue, anise palate; medium-plus finish
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