2006 Chapoutier - Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac 750ml

France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape/ Red / Rhone Blend
2006 Chapoutier - Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac
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International Wine Cellar | 89(+?)

($110) Bright red. Brooding, slow-to-open bouquet of cherry, dark berries and tobacco. Meaty and powerful, with chewy dark fruit flavors and dusty tannins. Far more difficult to read today than the Croix de Bois. This needs time to stretch out but there's clearly serious material here.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 142

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Score: 90
Author: biggsy
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/21/2009
Garnet with a watery rim. Rich minerality on the nose with an earthyness which balances the sweet raspberry fruit. A medium body with powerful flavour; dark berry fruits, black coffee and fine dry tannins.

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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