2000 Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes (Chantemerle) (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, Grenache, Red Wine, Rhône, Southern Rhône


First really exciting wine in a while. Popped and poured, but followed over a period of a few hours. Very dark fruit profile that seems like it should have a substantial Mourvedre and Syrah component. Blackberry, plum, five spice, beef jerkey and soy sauce on the nose. Similarly, an Asian spice palate with dark berry and pit fruit and a noticeable pinch of sea salt. Finishes very well and fruit is extremely plush. Lots of density and depth, and the only negative thing to ponder is if the non-Grenache components got a little too much oak, but in totality, this is a great wine that will unquestionably integrate the oak treatment it received with adequate time. This is still years from its peak. I’ll open my other bottle in 5 years or later.

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