Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Chante Le Merle 2011
Rhone Red Blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France
The Cuvee Chante Le Merle possesses a nice shiny red color with dark purple highlights. The nose is elegant and complex. This very aromatic Chateauneuf-du-Pape is elegant and long in mouth. A powerful wine with a cellar potential for many years.
The Wine Advocate - "Also beautiful, with gorgeous raspberry, kirsch, licorice, ground pepper and assorted Provencal herbs, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes (first introduced in 1990 and an old vine blend of 85% Grenache and the balance Syrah and Mourvedre) offers a decidedly pretty (especially for this cuvee), polished profile with full body richness, excellent mid-palate depth and a seamless, elegant texture that carries through the blockbuster finish. Up with the top wines in the vintage, it is reasonably approachable now, yet will evolve gracefully for 15+ years given its balance and harmony. "
Wine Spectator - "Lovely black tea and smoldering charcoal notes lead the way, with a core of plum, blackberry and black currant fruit lending sinew to the flesh, resulting in a well-defined, plum skin-framed finish."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Vivid ruby. Vibrant aromas of redcurrant and cherry are lifted by floral and Asian spice top notes. Juicy and penetrating, with flavors of ripe red fruits and candied flowers. Spicy, focused and appealingly sweet, picking up zesty minerality with air and finishing with harmonious tannins and very good length. Range: 91-93 Points"
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Bosquet des Papes Winery
Winemaker’s since 1860, the Boiron family knows a thing or two about their craft. It began Emmanuel Boiron who married into a well-know winemaking family and continued with his son, Joseph-Victor, in 1890. Joseph-Victor had his work cut-out for him thanks to phylloxera that wiped out his father’s vines. Years later, in 1936, Joseph-Victor deposed the name ‘Clos Chantelmerle’; the first official name of the estate. In 1923, his son Joseph ensured the continuation of the estate. Joseph’s son Maurice helped to create the name ‘Domaine Bosquet des Papes’ in 1966 and took the helm ten years later. Fast-forward to today…Maurice’s son Nicolas is making all of the wines today. View all Bosquet des Papes Wines
About Chateauneuf-du-Pape(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.
Photo of galets covering the soil at Chateau de Beaucastel
Notable FactsThere are 13 allowed varieties in Chateauneuf du Pape (14 if you count Grenache Blanc separately from Grenache Noir). Grenache is the primary variety, followed by Syrah and Mourvedre as well as Cinsault. About 97% of the wines here are red, although many chateaux are producing whites ranging from quaffable to decadent and ageworthy. Reds from the best estates emit wonderful flavors of gamey spice, blackberries and currant, as well as the herbs and spices that are known to grow in the region.
Note on the soil: The grapes grow on soils covered in rounded, smooth stones called galets (gah-lay). The stones naturally cover most of the soils throughout Chateauneuf du Pape and are two fold in their duties. First, they are able to reflect and absorb the heat, to quicken the ripening of the grapes. They also help to hold in moisture so that the soils are not dried out by the hot Southern French sun.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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