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.
93 Wine Spectator
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.
92 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
More refined, polished and elegant, the medium to full-bodied 2009 Châteauneuf 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.