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2007 M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac
- Southern Rhône
Community Tasting Notes 21
Motz wrote: (94 points)
November 22, 2015 - Drank over three days. Huge wine! Came away with the same impression as 18 months ago. There is a lot to this wine and some of it may be over-the-top. The label states 16 abv and, unsurprisingly, Port-like heat is ever present. There is nothing subtle or reserved to this enigmatic yet delicious offering. No where near peak; drink through 2025.
Stefanos T. Likes this wine: (95 points)
December 5, 2014 - Much different than last bottle I had a year ago.
This is much younger and less evolved, even color is ruby rather than garnet.. Wine is not better though, this bottle seems to need time, especially on the palate...
Nose is very open and expressive with notes of cherry liqueur, leather, grilled meat and violets. On the palate it is full bodied but extemely soft with astonishing purity of fruit, also liquer like and a tad sweeter than I would have liked. Soft tannins, low acidity and clean and long cherry-like finish.
A great wine.
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 2020.1 person found this helpful Comment
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 marmalade1 person found this helpful Comment
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.
Pro Reviews 3
By Josh Raynolds
January/February 2010, IWC Issue #148 (link)
(Maison Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe-Rac) Subscribe to see review text.
- 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
- Pending Delivery 56 (7%)
- In Cellars 614 (77%)
- Consumed 130 (16%)