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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 41 
ProducerM. Chapoutier (web)
VineyardBarbe Rac
SubRegionSouthern Rhône

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink by 2024 (based on 3 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87.7 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 13 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by michal on 5/26/2014: Absolutely delicious Grenache. Raspberry, cassis, cinnamon, and spice. Wish I had more! (923 views)
 Tasted by danstrings on 1/24/2014 & rated 90 points: This showed really nice, fruity and brambly, creosote and asphalt, a teeny bit over ripe with some prune/fig elements but served at a cool cellar temp no problem. Great with decadent dishes that had a hint of sweetness. (1182 views)
 Tasted by Opusone99 on 10/13/2011 & rated 83 points: Robe rubis très pâle. Le nez est sur les fraises et de légers épices en retrait. En bouche, cela manque réellement de vigueur et de matière et j'en cherche encore la grenache dans ce vin. Très en finesse, finale assez courte, vraiment trop cher! (2682 views)
 Tasted by maxime3333 on 9/24/2011 & rated 81 points: Bu à l'aveugle. Nez assez plaisant, fruit, surtout fraises mais aussi cerises.

En bouche, j'avais noté: "Ish!" sur ma feuille. Alcooleux, chocolat, fraises, cannes de Noël... voire même un certain goût de...bananes?! Extrêmement mince. (2710 views)
 Tasted by jc-mmb on 10/25/2010 & rated 88 points: well made but nothing special. nose of dark wood, dark berries. mild attack on the tongue, light to medium feel on the palate. was hoping for more. berries, charcoal, earth and tannins. finish is smooth but short and rather simple. (2934 views)
 Tasted by PinkMoonWinery on 10/15/2010 & rated 91 points: Tasting his 2006's with Michel Chapoutier, November 21, 2009: Bark (?) some burned rubber, cherries in the nose, palate way more condensed than the Croix du Bois, mashed cherries, dense tannins. Very good CDP. To add to that: Michel loves Hermitage, he has by no means the same enthusiasm for Chateauneuf. Someone in the tasting asked him about the 2007s in Chateauneuf and he more or less replied "It was a good but not exceptional year in Hermitage, who cares about Chateauneuf..." The guy's funny without knowing (2635 views)
 Tasted by JoshuaG on 9/11/2010 & rated 92 points: Tanzer completely missed the boat on this one. Closer to Parker's review. Classic Barbe Rac. Drink now with short decant or let sit in your cellar for a couple years. (2329 views)
 Tasted by TexasBob on 7/17/2010 & rated 88 points: Light red color. Red and black fruits on the nose. Raspberry and crushed blackberries, Cassis, with cola on the finish. Excellent the first two hours, but it gets quite bitter thereafter; I recommend that it be drunk fairly quickly. (1843 views)
 Tasted by salil on 5/20/2010 & rated 78 points: Leo's Blind Tasting Group - May '10 edition (Ben's): Massively ripe to the point that many of us were guessing New World while this was blind. Immense red fruited flavours and some alcoholic heat; plush and dense in the mouth and not particularly interesting. (2373 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 11/21/2009 & rated 91 points: Decanter's Chapoutier 2006 Masterclass, given by the man himshelf.

Not too deep red colour. Avg fruit on the nose and has an elegant forward mouthfeel and with a nice underlying sweetness. Bigger wine than the Croix de Bois.
This is a CdP than can be drunk earlier i believe. This is i guess the fact of the high grenache content (Chapoutier has said that he hopes to once make a 100% grenache CdP). Still young and will get improve over time but still not bad in its youth at all! (2050 views)
 Tasted by Biggsy on 11/21/2009 & rated 90 points: Garnet with a watery rim. Rich minerality on the nose with an earthyness which balances the sweet raspberry fruit. A medium body with powerful flavour; dark berry fruits, black coffee and fine dry tannins. (1849 views)
 Tasted by GRAPE JUICE on 9/17/2009: 2006 Southern Rhone horizontal tasting - CDP (Crystal Wines): Alcohol : 15%
Tasted blind. Was right that this was a 100% Grenache. Cloudy light ruby. Soft humble nose of bright cherry, fig, cranberry, with hint of smoke herb and sweet vanilla. Spicyness slide through the palate which is round, fresh and balance. Nice concentrated and rich, very pure and structure. Good dried fig paste, long rubber finish with hint of spiciness. Very good. The purity is remarkable. Need time too. Buy - Yes. (2221 views)

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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2009, IWC Issue #142
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, January/February 2008, IWC Issue #136
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M. Chapoutier

Producer website - Read more about Chapoutier

M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac

Vin grandiose, connu et à la fois inconnu, vin aux multiples épithètes: "vins des papes", "vin aux quatorze cépages". C'est incontestablement un des rois de la Vallée du rhône, voire du vignoble français.

Le passé historique de Châteauneuf est très fourni.
Il faut retenir tout d'abord la période d'influence des papes, installés en Avignon au XIVe siècle.
Le village de Châteauneuf-du-Pape était alors la résidense d'été des papes (Jean XXII, Clément V, Urbain V et Innocent VI) qui imposèrent les vins de l'endroit.
Au début du XXe siècle, les vignerons n'eurent cesse de voir reconnaître leurs vins par une juridiction spécifique, ce qui fut fait en 1929 sous l'instigation du baron Le Roy de Boiseaumarié.
un peu à contre-courant, dans nos vins, nous n'utilisons qu'un seul cépage, le grenache. Il donne finesse et subtilité à un vin qu'on dit opulent et chaleureux.
Terrasse du quaternaire avec en surface de gros cailloux roulés issus de l’ancien lit du Rhône. La parcelle, produisant cette sélection parcellaire, a une géologie très complexe et variée. Les vignes sont âgées de 90 ans.
Un tri sévère est effectué à la récolte. Ce tri, obligatoire pour prétendre à l’appellation, permet de sélectionner les meilleures grappes.
Le grenache étant sensible à l’oxydation, les vinifications sont faites dans des cuves en béton fermées. La cuvaison dure environ 3 semaines (ce qui permet une polymérisation des tanins) à une température comprise entre 30 et 33°C. Seul le vin d’écoulage est mis dans cette sélection parcellaire.
En cuve environ 16 mois.
ROBE : grenat intense.
NEZ : impressionnante palette d’herbes, d’épices (réglisse), de chocolat et de fruits (fraise).
BOUCHE : ample, charnue, chaude et ronde. Densité exceptionnelle, longueur remarquable. Selon le millésime, le vin peut être conservé de 30 à 60 ans, voire même de 50 à 75 ans.

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Barbe Rac
Selection Parcellaire / Single Vineyard
Biodynamically grown certified

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red "Barbe Rac"
10 acres, 100% Grenache

This vineyard is littered with the famous "galets" or pudding stones characteristic of the area, but in reality the subsoil is far more important - quaternary terrace, with a complex and varied mixture of red clay and ferruginous sand. The vines are the oldest Châteauneuf-du-Pape vines in existence (about 90 years old age). This unique hilltop vineyard West of the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape makes some of the silkiest and most elegant wines in the region. Its biodynamic culture ensures the low yields (15-20 hl/ha) necessary to create a pure and intense Grenache-only wine. Late picking develops exotic aromas in this very well-built and long flavoured wine.

Grape variety
Grenache. 90 year old vines

Quaternacy terrace with a surface of shingles coming from the former bed of Rhône. The plot producing this single vineyard has a complex and various geological composition.

The grapes are carefully selected during the harvest. This sorting is compulsory and allows the selection of the best brunches of grapes.

In vats made of concrete covered with epoxy resin as Grenache is sensitive to oxidation. The grapes are 100% destemmed, fermentation lasts about 3 weeks at a temperature which varies from 30 to 33° C. Only the free-run juice is used in this single vineyard.

Ageing in vats for 14 to 16 months. Then 6 months ageing in bottle.


Colour : Intensive garnet

Nose : Herbacy, spices (liquorice), chocolate, fruits (strawberry)

Palate : Ample, fleshy, hot and round. Outstanding density with an impressive length.

Ageing potential: +25 years

Matching food
All kind of meat. Large game. Stew


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Varietal character (Appellation America) - Read more about Grenache


Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)


Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Rhone Valley The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Southern Rhône

Guide to the wines, wineries and appellations in the Southern Rhone Valley

WA: 2011 88R / 2010 98T / 2009 93E/ 2008 86R / 2007 98E / 2006 92R / 2005 95T / 2004 88R / 2003 90I / 2002 58C / 2001 96T / 2000 98E

### 2005 ###
In southern Rhone, 2005 was a below average sized crop, because of continuing drought and the fact that there are so many old vineyards where low yields are the rule of thumb even in an abundant year. While 2005 is truly an excellent vintage in the south, I do not believe it is a compellingly great vintage, because it has more in common with beefed up, improved version of 1995 than with what I consider an irrefutably great vintage like 1998, 2001 or even 2000. Certainly the wines have plenty of structure and possess fresher, more vibrant acidities than most years provide. The top wines also display impressive levels of concentration. However all the 2005s tend to reveal a certain firmness, and if the grapes were picked too soon, or the vinification/upbringing were not carefully handled, there is a toughness and austerity to the tannins that ultimately will prove to be problematic. Nevertheless, there is an ocean of top wines.

### 2007 ###
The 2007 vintage in Southern France was wonderful. Here is what controversial Robert M. Parker (Wine Advocate Issue 179) said about it, “Throughout the southern Rhône, 2007 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in my thirty years working in that region. I think of 2007 as a hypothetical blend of an opulent, powerful, sumptuous year such as 1990, and a cooler draught vintage such as 2001. The cool weather and the remarkable three weeks of Mistral in September that concentrated the grapes without any spikes of high heat appears to have given the 2007s an aromatic dimension and freshness that I have rarely witnessed. Combine that with wines that are substantial, powerful, and relatively high in alcohol, with super depth of fruit! These are very aromatic wines of great concentration, freshness, laser-like focus, and amazing purity as well as depth. It is the vintage of my lifetime for this region, and I don’t say that lightly.”

### 2010 ###
Robert Parker, on the 2010 vintage:
"Some producers think 2010 eclipses 2007 because of the wines' vivid freshness and focus. Throughout the southern Rhône, the hallmarks of the vintage are very dense purple, sometimes even blue/black colors as well as higher acid levels that have not been seen since 2004 and 2001. In fact, 2010's paradox is that I can't remember a vintage so concentrated, powerful and rich that also has such zesty acidity. The 2010s will have significant aging potential, which is obvious in the level of tannins, but the tannins are sweet with exceptional elegance and finesse. The ratio of high extractive and phenolic skins to the juice has produced wines of extraordinary intensity, freshness, aromatic potential and obvious longevity. This is another great vintage that offers an embarrassment of riches for this region that has enjoyed a succession of extraordinary years."

### 2011 ###
- "has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year…" -Wine Spectator
- "fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers…" -Stephen Tanzer
- “we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages." -Michel Chapoutier on how 2011 is a combination of the 2009 and 2010 vintage
- The 2011 Southern Rhone Region was Rated 89-92 by Wine Spectator's Vintage Chart!

(By Wine Spectator
2011 Vintage Report: France
A first look at vintage quality in French wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers
Posted: November 14, 2011
Rhône Valley
The 2011 harvest has most Rhône vintners exceedingly optimistic for a third straight outstanding year, though a handful rued some late rains and heat that blemished what could have been a perfect growing season.

By Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2011 and 2010 Southern Rhone Wines
By Josh Raynolds
Jan/Feb 2013
"...fans of fruit-forward, accessible wines will find plenty to like from '11, which looks to be an ideal candidate for restaurants as well as for wine lovers who lack the facilities or patience for long-term storage.
Fans of graceful, fruit-driven Rhone wines will find plenty to like from 2011 and, as was the case in 2008, 2006 and 2004…"

By vitabella.fr
Michel Chapoutier on 2011 in Rhone Valley: A detailed Early Report
26 Octobre 2011
The tastings of the 2011 vintage have recently given an opportunity for Michel Chapoutier to give his first impressions of the quality of this vintage for the appellations of the Rhone Valley. Prior to the presentation of each appellation, he noted that "after a warm and sunny 2009 vintage that resulted in the exuberance of grape varieties, 2010 was a fresher year with slow maturities which generally gave tense wines - to those who were able to wait for the phenolic maturity - some mineral wines, elegant with an outward expression of the soil, we have got 2011 which is a combination of these two great vintages. "
"This 2011 harvest in Rhone Valley was both early and late: a real paradox!"

By Wine Spectator’s Vintage Chart
Southern Rhone
Vintage: 2011
Score: 89-92
Drink Rec: NYR
Description: Warm spring, but cool, wet weather in July and August led to uneven ripening; Indian summer saved the vintage. Grenache is light, but Syrah and Mourvèdre strong, so blending key; there will be some excellent wines, but heterogenous from domaine to domaine.)


Châteauneuf-du-Pape Appellation - Read more about Chateauneuf du Pape

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"As I have written many times in the past, the sweet spot for drinking Châteauneuf du Papes is usually the first 5-6 years after the vintage. Then they seem to go through an adolescent, awkward, and sometimes dormant stage, only to re-emerge around year 10-12, where the majority of wines are often fully mature. The best of them will continue to hold on to life (but rarely improving) beyond 15-20 years. It is only the exceptional Châteauneuf du Papes that will evolve for 20-25+ years, and those are indeed a rarity. However, things may be improving dramatically in terms of the longevity of Châteauneuf du Pape, although Grenache-dominated wines, the vast majority of wines produced in the appellation, are wines that do not have the polyphenol (extract and tannin) content of top Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, or Syrah-based wines. Nevertheless, the younger generation in Châteauneuf du Pape has taken seriously the farming in the vineyards. There are more organic and biodynamically run vineyards here than in any other appellation of France. The yields, which were already low, are even lower today (20-35 hectoliters per hectare), and of course, the proliferation of top luxury and/or old-vine cuvées gives a significant boost to the number of wines that will evolve past 25 or 30 years. The advantage of these wines is their broad window of drinkability." ( Robert Parker )

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