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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/February 2001, IWC Issue #94, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chante Le Merle) Subscribe to see review text.
  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/February 2000, IWC Issue #88, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2008, (See more on Winedoctor...) 14? points

    (Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf du Pape Chantemerle) I have to confess this is one wine I approach with trepidation, having experienced it before. It has a deep colour. The nose has many of the elements that I have previously noted, namely aromas of roast beef, balsamic vinegar, treacle and the like. The palate is soft and textured, with a fat and creamy presence, carrying some roasted and slightly high-toned flavours. It has a baked, slippery, oily feel and this struggles even in the face of decent acidity; there is just no freshness here. There are some bitter notes on the finish, and here it seems very disjointed too, with overt alcohol that has me wondering - at some moments - whether I am drinking a gin & tonic rather than a glass of wine. As I noted previously, a true casualty - to my palate - of the vintage.
  • By Chris Kissack
    March 2008, (See more on Winedoctor...) 14.5? points

    (Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf du Pape Chantemerle) Of all the bottles in my cellar from this vintage, this is the one that has perplexed me most. Some previous bottles have been very brawny and volatile, sufficiently so for me to find them undrinkable. Others have been passable if not good. How would this bottle fare? In the glass it has a good deep colour, a mature hue but nevertheless this wine is still holding onto a lot of red pigment too. The nose is reassuring, showing lots of deep, spicy, meaty fruits although with a deep, raisined character. There is certainly a resemblance, on this basis, with the basic cuvée, and I think now, having tasted both together, I understand why I have struggled with this wine. There are some other complexities which demand further analysis, notes of intense, salty Bovril and balsamic vinegar, although the palate actually seems more harmonious than previous bottles. There is, surprisingly, quite firm acidity which helps, but with this there is a meaty texture, a sweet yet firm structure, and it is grippy and rich in extract and weight. It finishes well. I think my problem with this unusual wine is its edge of raisined, cough syrup fruit, which is a result of the hot vintage. I find it troubling, and it matches nuances, such as soy sauce, a medicinal character and especially the kick of alcohol that I have previously noted in the wine. I do not like it so much. Will it just fall apart? I am unsure; it will be fascinating to taste again in the future.

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/12/2008, (See more on 94 points

    (Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chantemerle) Dark cherry red color with thick, clear meniscus; cocoa powder, rip plum, kirsch and clove nose; chocolatey, mature tasting tart cherry with sous bois; long finish 94+ pts.
  • By Richard Jennings
    8/26/2004, (See more on 93 points

    (Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chantemerle) Big, ripe, roasted fruit nose; rich, spicy, smoke, tar, beets palate; medium finish 93+ pts.
  • By Richard Jennings
    3/13/2004, (See more on 93 points

    (Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chantemerle) Berry and vanilla nose; classic, traditional CdP, berries,; medium finish

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