Red

2007 M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac

Grenache

  • France
  • > Rhône
  • > Southern Rhône
  • > Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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Community Tasting Notes 19

  • JulianSkeels Likes this wine: (94 points)

    November 10, 2014 - Not yet ready, for my taste but showing amazing potential. Rich but not as dense yet as expected. 100% Grenache and it shows in the amazing nose of sweet cherry. Lots of current kirsch alcohol notes in the mouth currently dominate the sweetness, some vanilla and tonnes of spice. Decanting for 2hrs helped, but still felt that there is more integration to come. With more age I expect this to become denser and very much on the Burgandian end of the CNDP spectrum. Lots of upside, am leaving rest of case until 2020.

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  • pigdaddy wrote: (93 points)

    June 22, 2014 - double-decanted, followed over 3 hours. garnet red, violet paling at rim; terrific kirsch-dominated nose, w/baked cherries, warm stones & wild herb florals; rich & ripe, intense cherry liqueur, roasted red berries, very mineral & loads of dry extract, alcohol shows on the long, long finish. first of six, seems to be in mid-career, but no experience w/this particular bottle's evolutionary track.

    grilled rosemary & coriander seed-marinated quail, ladypeas w/gold beets & snap beans, oxheart tomato marmalade

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  • Motz wrote: (94 points)

    May 7, 2014 - Beyond racy, the 2007 Barbe Rac is at very least flamboyant, and perhaps borders on the hedonistic. Opulent and remarkably spicy bouquet that features the finest qualities of Rhone Grenache, cherry and blackberry compote...even berry liqueurs, pine resign, mint, peppers, cedar chips, and a strong hit of alcohol. The palate shows all these elements, great minerality, a bracing well-structured mouthfeel, and a long finish of excellent grip and noticeable alcohol.

    I recently tasted the 2010 Saint Damien Les Souteyrades (Gigondas) and would suggest these two wines share a few comparable markers. Where the Barbe Rac features unbridled opulence, the Les Souteyrades shows focus. In my opinion the Barbe Rac is marginally more concentrated and the Les Souteyrades marginally more rounded. Both wines are also marked by high alcohol that may or may not integrate.

    This Barbe Rac may age gracefully for seven to ten years or may remain a flashy and sexy wine. I really enjoyed the experience and am glad to have another bottle to try in the future. 94-95.

  • Christoffer78 Likes this wine: (94 points)

    May 3, 2014 - Muted and a bit restrained, the 2007 Barbe Rac is on its way of loosing its baby fat, i.e. the primary fruit seems to be fading. There is nothing wrong with that, but right now this wine is neither "mature" nor "young and fresh". There is plenty of dark fruit left, exhibited quite nicely alongside the tones of sun warm sand stone and the lovely Grenache kirsch. The palate is perfectly integrated and reveals the master craftsmanship behind this effort. It is simply adorable and proof that Chateauneufs can also be elegant and refined. The overall impression is very positive, but I am also curious on how this effort will continue to evolve.

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  • Anonymous Likes this wine: (96 points)

    December 21, 2013 - Garnet red with an orange rim. Beautiful and a bit rustic bouquet, garrigue, tea and smoky oak. On the palate very special and beautiful. Soft and ripe red and black fruits, minerals, gunpowder, beautiful acidity. Great wine. Ready now. So much better than the 2008!

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2007
  • Type Red
  • Producer M. Chapoutier
  • Varietal Grenache
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Barbe Rac
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Southern Rhône
  • Appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 56 (8%)
  • In Cellars 550 (78%)
  • Consumed 99 (14%)

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