"The 1996 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac displays an exotic nose of barbeque spices, burning wood, and sweet cherry fruit. The plum/cherry color reveals some lightening at the edge. The wine is full-bodied and dense, with copious spice, tobacco, and earthy notes. This rich, chewy, outstanding Chateauneuf du Pape is one of the finest wines of the vintage."
Vinous - 88-90/100
"Medium red-ruby. Cherry, coffee, tobacco and damp earth on the nose; slightly port-like and very grenache. Exotic flavors repeat in the mouth; concentrated but not especially vibrant. Perhaps in a dumb phase today. The tannins today seem distinctly drier than those of Chapoutier '96 syrah wines."
In the Rhone Valley, or through the most beautiful regions of France and the world, the Maison M. CHAPOUTIER lets the terroir express itself.
ample, fleshy, hot and round. Outstanding density with an impressive length. According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years, indeed from 50 to 75 years.
Sommelier's advice: All meats : marinated or in sauces. cheeses.
The grapes are carefully selected during the harvest. This sorting is compulsory and allows the selection of the best bunches of grapes.
Quaternary terrace with a surface of shingles coming from the former bed of the Rhône. The parcel producing this single vineyard has a complex and various geological composition. Vines are 90 years old.
Grenache, being sensitive to oxidation, vinifications are made in concrete tanks. Fermenting lasts about 3 weeks (which allows a polymerization of tannins)with a temperature which varies between 30 and 33°C. Only the free-run wine is used in this single vineyard.