More Vintages and Sizes of Chapoutier - Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac:
International Wine Cellar
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 160
Dark ruby. Ripe cherry and dark berry aromas and flavors are complemented by dried flowers, smoky herbs and licorice. Deep, rich and powerful but carrying no excess weight. Closes with strong punch and a persistent note of dark fruit liqueur. A deeper, more serious wine than the Croix de Bois but I prefer that wine's elegance today.
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Author: Jancis Robinson
Glowing ruby. Very sweet and jewel bright. Hugely comforting on a winter’s day, I would have thought. Pretty alcoholic but just kept in check. Very Châteauneuf - which not all of these special cuvées are.
Author: Robert Parker
Even better is the 507-case cuvee of 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac. One of the wines of the vintage, this dark ruby/purple-tinged effort possesses great intensity along with a full-bodied mouthfeel and almost over-the-top levels of licorice-infused kirsch liqueur and raspberries. Spicy, peppery and earthy with lavish glycerin as well as richness, this is an amazing 2009 that is already drinking beautifully given the precociousness of the vintage. It should evolve for 15 years or more.
Author: James Molesworth
Dense but supple, offering layers of fig sauce, black currant,
braised fig and mulled blackberry fruit stitched with tobacco leaf,
bittersweet cocoa powder and black tea, with a very long finish. A
lovely iron hint lurks in reserve. Should slowly put on weight and
cruise in the cellar.
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