Wine Advocate 97 - A remarkable effort, the blockbuster 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes comes close to the 2010 in terms of quality. Coming from a selection of the top plots and old vines of the estate, co-fermented, and with no destemming, it offers off-the-charts notes of cassis, chocolate-covered cherries, garrigue, licorice and toasted spice. Possessing massive richness and depth, with tons of glycerin, texture and length, it stays remarkably elegant, balanced and pure on the palate, with building tannin and yet no hard edges. This knockout Châteauneuf will have two decades of longevity and should not be missed!
Wine Spectator 94 - Offers a dense core of dark plum and fig fruit, coated with baker's chocolate and smoldering tobacco notes. The finish hints at chestnut, bay, tar and pepper flavors. Shows excellent range and character, but needs some time to knit together. Best from 2016 through 2028. 650 cases made.
Wine Cellar Insider 92 - 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.
The Cuvee Chante Le Merle possesses a nice shiny red color with dark purple highlights. The nose is elegant and complex. This very aromatic Chateauneuf-du-Pape is elegant and long in mouth. A powerful wine with a cellar potential for many years.