Let’s Chateauneuf du Pape!


End of the year of 2011 for me is just one word – “busy”!  Bridal shower, Weddings, X’mas, parties and New Year.  It’s all fun and festive.  Besides popping my Cedric Bouchard’s Champagne (well, I will call it a White instead given the way it was being made and the delicacy), for red, I’ve been switching from Burgundy/Bordeaux to Rhone recently and this is one of those I discovered and open up for most occasion –

2009 Domaine la Barroche Chateauneuf du Pape Signature

Varietal: Red Rhone Blend: 66% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 13% Syrah and 6% Cinsault

Domaine la Barroche has been in the same family since the 14th.   It has 12.5ha of vines in Chateauneuf du Pape, mainly in the north and northeast of the appellation. These include some extraordinary 100 year-old Grenache vines that are the pride of the estate.   
In 2003 Julien Barrot, son of the then winemaker, was given responsibility. In a very short period a succession of brilliant wines emerged, starting with the 2004 vintage. He then went from strength to strength with the 2005s (100 Points Parker), 2006s, and 2007s (99+ Points Parker).  –  That’s quite impressive and with such a price for this (around USD 50) I think this is a great buy to try something little different.

Tasting Note: Wine Advocate

Even better is the 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape Signature, which possesses the densest ruby/purple color of this trio. Expansive, broad notes of blueberries, blackberries, kirsch and garrigue are found in this full-bodied, sexy, opulent, stunning Chateauneuf du Pape. The forwardness and lusciousness of the 2009 vintage is brilliantly well-displayed in this offering. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.  

93-96+ – Robert Parker. 

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