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Date Printed: 4/17/2014
Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Chante Le Merle 2005
Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Chante Le Merle 2005
(search item no. 92491)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $69.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The dark ruby/purple-colored 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes has a terrific nose of black raspberries and sweet jammy cherries intermixed with licorice, earth, cedar, spice box, and some incense and soy. It is full, powerful, but at the same time fresh and elegant because of the vintage's tell-tale acidity and moderately high tannins. This classic should be cellared for 4-5 years and drunk over the following 15 years. This superb estate never misses a beat with its wines, which are all reasonably drinkable at a young age, normally exhibit terrific Provencal typicity, and have uncommon aging potential. I still have some soft years like 1983 and 1985 in my cellar that are holding up beautifully."
-Wine Advocate 92-94

"Ruby-red. Pure red berry fruits on the nose, with sexy accents of baking spices and white pepper. Fleshy and pliant in texture and quite sweet, with silky raspberry and blackberry flavors framed by gentle tannins. Finishes with a persistent flavor of tangy redcurrant."
-International Wine Cellar 91-94

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About Bosquet des Papes:

This estate is owned by the meticulous Maurice Boiron and is consistently among the finest wines of the appellation. The vineyards are planted to 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 8% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault and 2% Vaccarese. There are 40 different parcels dispersed throughout the appellation. Average age of the vines is 35-40 years with some of the Grenache nearly 100 years old.