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Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge "A la Gloire de mon Grand Pere", Domaine Bosquet de Papes 2012


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This is the domaine's special cuvee made from almost pure Grenache--98% plus 2% Cinsault and Clairette--from vines that are 60 to 70 years old planted on deep layers of pebbles. The grapes are vinified traditionally with 50% whole cluster and gentle daily pumpovers. The wine is aged in demi muids for up to 18 months. Rich flavors of fruit and spice that expand on the palate with a long, lingering finish.

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The finest vintage of this cuvee I’ve tasted, the inky 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape a la Gloire de Mon Grandpere comes from old-vine Grenache vines planted in mostly sandy soils of the Gardiole lieu-dit. Aged in a combination of concrete tank and older, larger barrels, it’s a drop-dead gorgeous 2012 that reveals tons of sweet red and black fruits, lavender, pepper, licorice and hints of garrigue. Beautifully concentrated, seamless and textured, with extraordinary elegance and polish to its tannin, it’s up with the top 2-3 wines of the vintage and will have two decades or more of longevity. In my view, no estate has made more qualitative gains in the past 3-4 years than Bosquet des Papes. I still remember being floored by the quality of their 2010s, and they've almost matched those efforts with these incredible 2012s. In addition, the 2013s are easily some of the top wines in this irregular, difficult vintage. If you're looking for the next superstar producer in Châteauneuf du Pape, here you go!" 97/100 Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate