2005 Chapoutier - Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac 1.5L

France - Southern Rhone - Chateauneuf du Pape/ Red / Rhone Blend   |     Watch

WA 94-96   WS 95   JR 19   IWC 89-92   Collector 95
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 94-96

Deep, with huge aromatics of lavender, crushed pepper, garrigue, sweet black cherries, raspberries, and truffles, the 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac is full-bodied, deep, rich, and intense. It will drink well young, but age for a minimum of 15 years. Chapoutier has begun to move these wines out of neutral wood into complete aging in tanks in order to preserve more fruit.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 169

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

A very supple, stylish version, with lots of cherry and plum fruit caressed by notes of sandalwood, vanilla and mesquite. The long, fine-grained finish just won't quit, offering mouthwatering minerality and an alluring Burgundy-style perfume. Very Rayas-like in profile.

Drink Dates: 2009-2025
Author: James Molesworth

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 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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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 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.

Average rating: 94, based on 5 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

67 bottles owned by 30 collectors.

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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."

See other similar producers: E. Guigal, Domaine Charvin

Wine Varietal: Rhone Blend

"Rhone blends" are typically red wines comprised of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre in varying proportions. However, the red blends may also include any of the traditional varieties grown in the Rhone Valley such as the 14 allowed in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation. There are also Rhone blend roses which use the same varieties as their red counterparts. White Rhone blends are typically some combination of Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache blanc, and lesser varieties.

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