Red

1998 Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chantemerle

Red Rhone Blend

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Southern Rhône
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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Community Tasting Notes 92

  • Ruby99 Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 7, 2020 - A fascinating wine at this point in its evolution
    Medium brick in color
    There is a predominant note on the nose strongly reminiscent of Sauternes with quince, apricot and honey initially - I wondered whether there was something wrong with the bottle or whether it might be past - but then it gave way to leathery, cedar and strawberries.
    The palate has a sweetness to the strawberry and black cherry fruit that is like compote. There is cigar tobacco and leather in abundance as well. It has a little bit of an unctuousness that borders on late harvest and that reminds me of some of the higher end California Zinfandels that aim for extraction
    All in all, very enjoyable though surprising

  • Chateaunewf wrote: 85 points

    August 28, 2020 - Immaculate cork with virtually no seepage. Ruby colored with virtually no bricking at the edge. High expectations. Clean nose but reticent bouquet with just a hint of underbrush. Fairly muted flavor profile with no jamminess typical of the vintage. Good body but somewhat short and tart. Lacking the sweet Grenache fruit that I expected. Pretty disappointing given that appeared to be in perfect condition. Certainly not cooked or corked. Just past it’s prime with faded fruit. My only bottle so no comparison to others.

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  • Barsacpinci Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 27, 2020 - Here I was complaining about the ‘98 CdP and decided to pop open the remaining ones I had to finish them off. And then along comes this beauty. First off, the cork was in perfect shape. Nice garnet color with slight browning at edge. Mushrooms and leather on the nose. Fruit on palate was just luscious with strong notes of fig and black cherry. A very enjoyable wine with dinner. Drinking very well now.

  • Monsieur Grenache wrote: flawed

    April 5, 2020 - From my bottle, this wine is off as described by other fellows: overly pruney, cumin, smells alcohol.
    This vintage seems past unless this is bottle damage.

  • le fouloir wrote: 90 points

    April 5, 2020 - This was my last bottle. It turned out that it needed to be drunk, perhaps a couple of years ago. It showed mild bricking and a rather strong initial whiff of stewed prunes that, thankfully, dissipated quickly and resolved into a pleasant CdP drinking experience with black fruit jamminess along with other typical CdP notes that emerged - leather, earth, and various spices.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May 2009 (link)

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Bonus Reviews, 8/17/2005 (link)

    (Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes (Chantemerle)) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/February 2001, IWC Issue #94 (link)

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    January/February 2000, IWC Issue #88 (link)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2008 (link) 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 (link) 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.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/12/2008 (link) 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 (link) 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 (link) 93 points

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

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1998
  • Type Red
  • Producer Bosquet des Papes
  • Varietal Red Rhone Blend
  • Designation Cuvée Chantemerle
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Southern Rhône
  • Appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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  • In Cellars 479 (54%)
  • Consumed 411 (46%)

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