Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac 2016 Chapoutier
Picked two weeks earlier than the historical norm, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac is 100% old-vine Grenache from a warm subregion of the appellation. It boasts huge black cherry fruit and touches of garrigue, carried by a full-bodied, rich palate. This is tannic but ripe, with a long, long, long licorice-tinged finish. Yes, I wrote long three times in my original notes!
Winespectator / James Suckling (94)
A very plush and focused Châteauneuf with impressive violets, roses and brambly, ripe, purple berries. The palate has an edge of elegance with power. Good concentration of ripe, dark berries here. Long and silky. From organically grown grapes.
Tasted blind. Crimson. Broad, ripe, fresh, black-cherry notes with balancing acidity and nothing out of kilter or overdone. Pretty hot finish but there is lots of ripe fruit here. Slightly dry end for the moment.?