Chateauneuf du Pape Chante Merle Bosquet des Papes Premier 2007

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"The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes is 84% Grenache and equal parts Syrah and Mourvedre from 80- to 90-year-old vines on pure limestone overlaid with the famed rocks the locals call galets roules. It is aged half in large wood foudres and the other half in 600-litre demi-miuds. This wine may turn out to be their best since their debut release of this cuvee in 1990. Full-bodied, with notes of kirsch, incense, black currant, cassis, plum, fig, and roasted Provencal herbs as well as some meaty juices, the wine is layered, dense, sexy, decadently rich and powerful, but incredibly well-balanced because of the freshness of the fruit in this vintage. This wine should age magnificently for 20+ years...92-95." WA 10/08This is one of the appellation’s most consistent and brilliant producers of Chateauneuf du Pape, with an impressive record of consistency and high quality dating back well over the thirty years I have been tracking the wines of this appellation. They have been adding new cuvees, starting in 1990 with their Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes, and then their old vine Grenache cuvee, La Gloire de Mon Grandpere. In 2007 they added a new cuvee from very old vines of Grenache and Mourvedre on the plateau of Mont Redon called La Folie, which is aged in 100% new oak foudres.

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Color: Red
Variety: Rhone
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Le logo Vigneron Indépendant est le signe d'une exigence, l'emblème d'une viticulture indépendante, riche de la diversité des terroirs, des climats, de savoir-faire, d'hommes et de femmes. Pour le consommateur, le logo est le repère d'un vin de Vigneron Indépendant, « des vins et des personnalités authentiques » Dans chaque région viticole française, nous cultivons la terre, nous élaborons notre vin et nous le commercialisons. Pour marquer notre engagement et la qualité de notre travail, nous avons signé la charte du Vigneron Indépendant. Le Vigneron Indépendant : • respecte son terroir, • travaille sa vigne, • récolte son raisin, • vinifie et élève son vin, • élabore son eau de vie, • met en bouteille sa production dans sa cave, • commercialise ses produits, • se perfectionne dans le respect de la tradition, • accueille, conseille la dégustation et prend plaisir à présenter le fruit de son travail et de sa culture. En signe de reconnaissance, nous apposons le logo Vigneron Indépendant sur nos bouteilles. C'est l'emblème de notre savoir-faire et de notre appartenance à une famille de professionnels responsables et respectueux de la tradition. Le consommateur qui choisit des vins estampillés Vigneron Indépendant a la garantie de trouver un produit conforme à notre charte métier. Read less

"The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes is 84% Grenache and equal parts Syrah and Mourvedre from 80- to 90-year-old vines on pure limestone overlaid with the famed rocks the locals call galets roules. It is aged half in large wood foudres and the other half in 600-litre demi-miuds. This wine may turn out to be their best since their debut release of this cuvee in 1990. Full-bodied, with notes of kirsch, incense, black currant, cassis, plum, fig, and roasted Provencal herbs as well as some meaty juices, the wine is layered, dense, sexy, decadently rich and powerful, but incredibly well-balanced because of the freshness of the fruit in this vintage. This wine should age magnificently for 20+ years...92-95." WA 10/08This is one of the appellation’s most consistent and brilliant producers of Chateauneuf du Pape, with an impressive record of consistency and high quality dating back well over the thirty years I have been tracking the wines of this appellation. They have been adding new cuvees, starting in 1990 with their Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes, and then their old vine Grenache cuvee, La Gloire de Mon Grandpere. In 2007 they added a new cuvee from very old vines of Grenache and Mourvedre on the plateau of Mont Redon called La Folie, which is aged in 100% new oak foudres.

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