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Community Tasting Notes (8) Avg Score: 90.7 points

  • Opened the night before but not consumed. Day 2 was really great. Very well balanced and great precise fruit with nice minerals and spice.

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  • Had a vertical tasting with Chante le Merle from four vintages: 07, 09, 11 and 12.

    Slightly muted compared to the other vintages. Very spicy and heady nose with black pepper and pine needles. Some conserved cherries comes after some time. Do not have the same fruitiness as the other vintages.

    On the palate the wine is almost violent. Super dry, heady, dusty (almost like drinking sand). The black pepper comes immediately. Fine drying minerals follows. Kirsch, bay leaf, blood and bacon are there.

    A completly different wine from the rest of the vintages. The fruit is drying out and is replaced by alcohol and spiciness. There is nothing wrong with the wine really, except that it lacks in fruit and the alcohol takes overhand. The quality is there but I prefer some more balance. Was rated as the weakest vintage of the four by the group.

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  • Did not take any notes.

    Heady, jammy nose with rum raisins, ceder tree and leather.

    Oak is present on the palate with good fruit and structure but I miss the zingy acid I found in the -07 vintage. I think that they have overdone the wine this time. My father did not agree and found the wine outstanding.

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  • Elegant, medium bodied, supple, round and luscious, this open styled Chateauneuf du Pape serves up a blast of sweet kirsch, jam and garrigue.

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  • Very dark fruit With quite a bit ofta licorice

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Vinous

  • By Josh Raynolds
    January/February 2012, IWC Issue #160, (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
    March/April 2011, IWC Issue #155, (See more on Vinous...)

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

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/5/2011, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes) Barrel sample - very dark red violet color; red berry, dried berry, tar, chocolate nose; tight, chocolate, dried berry, garrigue, tar palate with firm tannins; medium-plus finish 93+ points (80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre)

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