"The all whole-bunch 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Chante le Merle Vieilles
Vignes is 85% Grenache, with the balance a mix of Mourvèdre and Syrah.
The vines are all 80 to 90 years old, selected from parcels in
Brusquières, Gardiole, Mont-Redon and Pignan. Glorious raspberry and
cherry fruit picks up hints of mint and some stemmy notes, but they're
remarkably well-integrated and should be completely absorbed within a
couple of years. Full-bodied, rich and creamy in texture, this tour de
force remains lively, silky and long on the finish. With 1,000 cases
produced, it should be reasonably priced and reasonably available-an
increasingly rare combination in Chateauneuf-du-Pape."
97 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, (August 2018)