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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
This wine has a beautiful red dress with bright violet highlights. The nose is very aromatic and both elegant and complex. It is elegant and long in the mouth. A powerful wine with the potential to cellar for several years.
"Distinctly old-school, showing a smoldering edge of charcoal and roasted mesquite to the core of dense plum and black currant fruit, with hoisin sauce and bittersweet cocoa notes. There's good drive on the finish, where the roasted wood edge lingers. Best from 2013 through 2020."
"Deep ruby. Heady aromas of raspberry preserves, lavender and mocha, with a spicy overtone. Juicy and deeply concentrated, offering sappy red and dark berry flavors that become spicier with air. Dusty tannins add grip to the very long, chewy, penetrating finish. This youthful wine has barely budged since last year and appears to be built for the long haul.Rating: 93(+?)"
International Wine Cellar
"More refined, polished and elegant, the medium to full-bodied 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes possesses complex garrigue notes intermixed with black currant, black cherry and raspberry as well as licorice and seaweed wrapper (nori). Eighty percent Grenache and the rest equal parts Syrah and Mourvedre from 92+ year-old vines, this wine is delicious already, and should continue to evolve for another 10-12 years. "
The Wine Advocate
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.
(shah-too-NUHF due Pahp) Southern Rhone's landmark region, Chateauneuf du Pape, was the first region to gain AC status in France. That was the 1920s - it's history goes much further back than that. As the name suggests, the wine region was named after the new papal home, referring to the period of time in the 1300's when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. Notable Facts...Read More About Chateauneuf-du-Pape
The Rhone region of France has a delightful selection of red varieties. There are 22 grapes allowed in the Rhone AOC, about half of them red. Most of these varieties are used as secondary blending partners, often comprising less than 10% of the blend. The primary red players of Rhone blends are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Most wines from the Southern Rhone use Grenache as their...Read More About Rhone Red Blends
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