2009 Chapoutier - Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

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.

Drink Dates: 2011-2026
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 197

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

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.

Drink Dates: 2014-2030
Author: James Molesworth


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

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.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 160

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5

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.

Drink Dates: 2014-2023
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Average rating: 93, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

21 bottles owned by 3 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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