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Bosquet des Papes History, Overview
Les Bosquets des Papes has been a working vineyard in Chateauneuf du Pape since 1860. Founded by the Boiron family, the domaine has been owned by the same family for 6 generations.
For a period of time, the estate produced and sold their wine under the name of Clos Chantemerle. That practice began in 1936. The name was changed to Les Bosquets des Papes in 1966.
The Southern Rhone Valley vineyards of Bosquet des Papes are like many estates, spread out over the appellation. In all, their vines are located in forty separate plots in Chateauneuf du Pape. They own old vines, While the average age of their vines is close to 50 years.
However, their luxury cuvee, Chante le Merle, (Which takes its name from what the estate was previously known as) comes from vines that are over 100 years of age.
The Boiron family also owns 3.5 hectares of vines in the Cotes du Rhone appellation. Today, Nicolas Boiron is in charge of managing the estate.
Bosquet des Papes Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Bosquet des Papes has 25.5 hectares under vine for the production of red Chateauneuf du Pape wine and 1.5 hectares reserved for white Chateauneuf du Pape wine.
Bosquet des Papes is a traditionally styled Chateauneuf du Pape. The wines are aged in a combination of old foudres and demi-muids.
The best vintages of Bosquets des Papes are: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2001, 2000, 1998 and 1990.
Bosquets des Papes produces a total of 4 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines, one Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc and wine in the Cotes du Rhone appellation.
Bosquets des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition comes from a blend of about 75% Grenache with 11% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and various grapes in the blend. The terroir is rocks, stones, sand and clay. The vines are located all over the appellation as you will see.
The vines are planted in the Barbe d’Asne, Bois de Boursan, le Bosquets, les Esqueirons, les Gardiole, la Grandes Serres, Mont Pertuis, Mont Redon, Pignan and les Terres Blanches lieux-dits. The wine is aged in foudres, demi-muids and tank for 12 months. The production is close to 3,400 cases per year.
Bosquets des Papes Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes is their best wine. The wine is produced using their oldest vines which range from 70 to 100 years of age.
The terroir is galets, sand and clay. The wine is made from an average blend of 80% old vine Grenache with 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. The vines are close to 100 years of age.
The terroir is galets, sand and clay soils. The vines are planted in the Barbe d’Asne, les Brusquieres, Montredon and Pignan lieu-dits. The berries are not destemmed and the grape varieties are co-fermented.
The wine is aged in a combination of foudres, demi-muids and tank. On average, close to 1,000 cases are made each year.
Bosquets des Papes A la Gloire de mon Grand-Pere is made from close to 100% Grenache, with some Cinsault and Clairette tossed in for good measure. The vines are planted in the Gardiole lieu-dit. The wine is aged in a combination of tank, vat, foudres and demi-muids for 12 months. The production is close to 650 cases per year.
Bosquets des Papes La Folie is the newest wine their portfolio. The wine made its debut in 2007. Produced from old vines that are on average more than 90 years of age, the wine is made from a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre. The terroir is pure rocks and stones in the Mont Redon lieu-dit.
The grapes are mostly destemmed. The wine is aged in a combination of new and used demi-muids and 10% new, French oak barrels. The wine can be difficult to find as the small production hovers close to only 350 cases per year.
Bosquets des Papes Blanc is produced from a blend of 45% Clairette, 35% Grenache Blanc and 20% Bourboulenc. The wine is aged in a combination of new and used Demi Muids. On average the production is 350 cases per year.
When to Drink Bosquets des Papes, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Bosquets des Papes can be enjoyed on the young sidem but the wine much more interesting with age. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for 1-3 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Bosquets des Papes is usually better with 3-7 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 3-14 years after the vintage.
Serving Bosquets des Papes with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Bosquets des Papes is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Bosquets des Papes is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed, and grilled dishes, sausage, cassoulet, eggplant and tomatoes. Chateau Beauchene is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, pasta and cheese.
The white wine of Bosquets des Papes is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine and cheese.
Bosquet des Papes Wine Tasting Notes
27 Vintages 81,354 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2016||Bosquet des Papes Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Supple, silky, polished and refined, the black licorice juxtaposes perfectly with the pure, sweet, peppery, spiced, kirsch. This sexy wine is full bodied, elegant and poised. There is length and purity in a beautiful style that is perfect for this vintage. The wine was made using 86% old vine Grenache, 7% Syrah and 7% Mourvedre.
1,595 Views Tasted Sep 18, 2018
|2016||Bosquet des Papes La Folie (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Black raspberries, kirsch, cherry and floral notes sing their song. The wine is pure silky decadence. There is tiny bit of new wood that is completely eaten by all the layers of perfectly ripe fruit. The purity in the fruit is striking here. The finish seems to go forever. I might be underrating this wine, as it is so nice to drink already. The wine is made blending 80% old vine Grenache and 20% Mourvedre.
913 Views Tasted Sep 18, 2018
|2016||Bosquet des Papes Cuvée Tradition (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
|2015||Bosquet des Papes A la Gloire de mon Grand-Père (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Produced from 98% old vine Grenache, with just 1% Cinsault and 1% Clariette for spice and floral notes, the wine is full bodied, deep and intense. Rich, concentrated, juicy and opulent, the layers of sensuous, rich fruit keep on coming. The opulent fruit filled finish is a stunner.
3,000 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2015||Bosquet des Papes Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Sexy stuff here, with its silky, elegantly textured fruit. Light on its feet, due to the freshness, full bodied and concentrated due to all the ripe, juicy fruit and with a spicy, fruity, clean finish that feels and tastes great. The wine was made using 86% old vine Grenache, 7% Syrah and 7% Mourvedre.
2,917 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2015||Bosquet des Papes La Folie (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
The debut vintage from Bosquet des Papes of La Folie was produced from 80% old vine Grenache and 20% Mourvedre. Explosive aromatics are set off with smoky oak, once past the wood, the wine displays spicy, dark red berries, hints of blue fruit, earth and spice. Full bodied, powerful, long and concentrated, the wine is a bit too present at the moment making this not fun to enjoy young. But there is the structure and a wealth of fruit, along with ample tannins to allow for some real age on this wine. This will be a beauty with a few years of age.
1,203 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2015||Bosquet des Papes Cuvée Tradition (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Medium bodied, finesse styled, fresh and silky, with an elegant slant to its red fruits. Sweet, spicy, lush and polished, I really like the character going on here. The wine was blended from 75% Grenache, 12% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, 1% Vaccarese and 1% Counoise and 1% Cinsault.
2,803 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|2014||Bosquet des Papes Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
One of the more consistent, high quality producers in the appellation, the wine is medium bodied, supple textured and serves up its smoky, charcoal, kirsch, earthy, peppery, raspberry profile quite willingly. A few years in the bottle should add more softness and complexity to the delicious wine.
2,183 Views Tasted Jun 24, 2016
|2014||Bosquet des Papes Cuvée Tradition (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Black licorice, spice, sweet, ripe plums and cherries are all over the place. Soft, elegant and refined, with a fresh, spicy note in the medium bodied finish that really helps keeps it going.
3,006 Views Tasted Jun 23, 2016
|2013||Bosquet des Papes Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Concentrated for the vintage, there is a wealth of silky, dark red fruits paired with supple textures and a vibrant, richness to the finish making this one of the top wines of the vintage. Produced from a blend of 90% Grenache with an even split of Syrah and Mourvedre.
2,664 Views Tasted Sep 7, 2015
|2013||Bosquet des Papes Cuvée Tradition (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Licorice and black cherries abound in this charmer. Silky in texture, forward in style, this is quite nice for the vintage.
3,002 Views Tasted Sep 7, 2015
|2012||Bosquet des Papes Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Sensuous layers of sweet red fruits, spice and kirsch lay the groundwork for the elegant, ripe, spicy, round finish. Using 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre, the wine reached 14.5% alcohol.
2,560 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2014
|2012||Bosquet des Papes A la Gloire de mon Grand-Père (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
With a good depth of plum and kirsch on the mid palate, the spicy finish follows through. From mostly old vine Grenache, 2% Cinsault was added in for good measure.
4,130 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2014
|2012||Bosquet des Papes Cuvée Tradition (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Soft, silky and smooth, the red fruits are sweet, polished and filled with spice with freshness. This is quite nice. From a blend of 75% Grenache, 12% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 3% Cinsault.
3,040 Views Tasted Sep 10, 2014
|2011||Bosquet des Papes Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Blending 85% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 5% Mourvedre produced a wine with a smoky, incense and red berry nose. Fresh, silky, lush and concentrated, the wine ends with a blast of kirsch liqueur in the finish. This should get better with a few years of age.
4,057 Views Tasted Aug 26, 2014
|2011||Bosquet des Papes Cuvée Tradition (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Silky, lush, ripe peppery berries, freshness and a blast of kirsch in the end that really stays with you.
2,612 Views Tasted Aug 19, 2014
|2010||Bosquet des Papes Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
A wine of pure pleasure with its silky, elegant, powerful, mineral driven palate, the wine exudes fresh, dark red berries, jam and spice. Give it a few years in the bottle for further development.
4,021 Views Tasted May 31, 2013
Deep in color, with powerful aromatics of blackberry, jam, kirsch, black raspberry, fennel and pepper, this delectable, stylish, Chateauneuf du Pape is concentrated, round, deep and long.
5,612 Views Tasted Mar 21, 2012
|2010||Bosquet des Papes A la Gloire de mon Grand-Père (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Wet earth, with spice, black cherry liqueur and kirsch scents, deep color and a fresh, tannic, ripe cherry finish are found in this Chateauneuf du Pape. Give it a few years to develop.
2,697 Views Tasted Mar 21, 2012
|2010||Bosquet des Papes Cuvée Tradition (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Earthy, garrigue and black cherry scents complicated by hints of jam and fresh herbs. Create a rich, fleshy, supple wine that is drinking well now.
3,155 Views Tasted May 29, 2013
Filled with spice, earth pepper and garrigue, this medium bodied, approachable, soft, traditionally made Chateauneuf du Pape wine ends with fresh black pepper and kirsch.
2,791 Views Tasted Mar 21, 2012
|2009||Bosquet des Papes A la Gloire de mon Grand-Père (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Round, supple, silky, lusciously textured black cherries, kirsch liqueur, thyme and earth tastes and feels great. Youthful, but it's so good, it's hard not to enjoy this today, even if it's going to get better.
2,748 Views Tasted Aug 24, 2017
|2009||Bosquet des Papes Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Elegant, medium bodied, supple, round and luscious, this open styled Chateauneuf du Pape serves up a blast of sweet kirsch, jam and garrigue.
3,161 Views Tasted Aug 11, 2014
|2007||Bosquet des Papes Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Full blown aromas of kirsch, spice box, jammy black raspberry and garrigue are all over the place. Powerful, concentrated and lush, this stylish Chateauneuf du Pape ends with a long, fresh, pure array of ripe, sweet, spicy cherries. 84% Grenache from 100 year old vines is the key to this wine. The remainder of the blend is 8% Syrah and 8% Mourvedre. This is drinking well now and will only get better.
4,878 Views Tasted Feb 18, 2012
|2005||Bosquet des Papes A la Gloire de mon Grand-Père (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Fully mature and ready for prime time drinking, this lushly textured, round, open treat is packed with sweet, ripe, jammy, fresh, black raspberries, kirsch, garrigue and olive tapenade.
2,241 Views Tasted Nov 10, 2016
|2003||Bosquet des Papes Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Fully mature, this is not a wine to age. Peppery black cherries, earth, jam and garrigue create the aromatics. The wine is lush on the palate, but the structure is not there for further development.
2,579 Views Tasted Dec 1, 2013
|2001||Bosquet des Papes Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Aromas of garriigue, black and red cherries, pepper, black raspberry and earth create the aromatics. On the palate, the elegant wine is still youthful offering fresh, spicy, black and red fruits.
2,410 Views Tasted Aug 27, 2012
|1999||Bosquet des Papes Cuvée Classique (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Light in color, light in the red cherry and earthy nose, light in the simple, red berry finish. There is not much going on here. Drink up.
1,409 Views Tasted Aug 27, 2012
|1998||Bosquet des Papes Cuvée Chantemerle (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)|
Fully ready for consumption, this modern styled wine offers a rich mouthful of ripe, sweet, black raspberries, strawberry, cherry jam, spice, earth, pepper and a little bit of espresso. There is no reason to hold this wine for further aging.
2,647 Views Tasted Aug 27, 2012