2005 Chapoutier - Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac 1.5L

France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape/ Red / Rhone Blend
2005 Chapoutier - Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac
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International Wine Cellar | 89-92

Medium red. Deeply concentrated, powerful, game-accented red and dark berry aromas. Inky, chewy cherry and cassis flavors are framed by solid, chunky tannins, with a subtle note of smoky herbs. A bit tough to read today but there's clearly outstanding material here.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 130

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Jancis Robinson | 19

Hugely ripe, almost overripe nose. But then on the palate it’s all held beautifully in check. Bravo! A real balancing act. You could almost lap this up now. Smooth and suave – positively a lounge lizard. Very tight fine tannins on the finish – this should have a really long life. Inredibaly there is no heat on the finish despite that ripeness on the nose. Wjhat a bravura performance. Silght dustiness on the finish but such FRESHNESS on the finish. Ninety year old Grenache vines on varied soils. Fermented in epoxy-lined concrete to minimise oxidation.

Drink Dates: 2010-2025
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Score: 95
Author: TMac
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/23/2010
A beautiful nose of red raspberries, strawberries, pepper, and fresh cut herbs. The palate was huge and intense -- gobs of red fruits, white peppercorns, and more herbs. The tannins were just beginning to broaden and sweeten. Finish went on and on. Another bottle that might love a couple of more years brooding quietly in a dark corner.

About This Producer


This firm, founded in 1808, is the proprietor of 175 key acres of vines in five Rhone Valley appellations. Since the retirement of Max Chapoutier in 1989, his son Michel has revamped the winemaking process, and in doing so has elevated the stature of Chapoutier wines to rival some of the greatest in the region. The firm farms its vineyards biodynamically, and believes in the concept of monocepage, or the idea that each wine is produced entirely from a single grape variety. Chapoutier believes that blending mutes, rather than enhances, the character he seeks from his wines. Today the Chapoutier wines are considered benchmarks for the region, and other producers have begun to borrow the techniques and practices that Michel has been perfecting for nearly two decades. Perhaps Robert Parker, in his monumental book The World's Greatest Wine Estates, sums up the Chapoutier firm best: "A true biodynamically run estate since 1989, the objective has been to produce the purest and most natural expressions of terroir possible. Every decision is based on enhancing the characteristics of a wine's terroir, varietal character, and vintage trademark. In short, it is the earth that inspires this firm."

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