2005 Domaine La Barroche "Reserve" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $40)

SKU #1040232 93 points Wine Spectator

 Has a gorgeous mouthfeel, with a rich, velvety, mouthfilling texture that allows hoisin sauce, Turkish coffee, graphite and dark licorice notes to sail through the country: dense, Lengthy finish. Excellent Grip is well-embedded. Best from 2010 through 2030.  (4/ 2008)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark red. Spicy strawberry and raspberry on the nose, with subtle garrigue, anise and dried floral scents adding interest. This is beautifully perfumed and sweet, with silky red fruit flavors and light, dusty tannins. Finishes with gentle grip and a strong echo of strawberry. An utterly classic rendition of Châteauneuf.  (1/ 2008)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The medium-bodied, lightly tannic, soft, silky 2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve’s deep ruby hue is followed by copious quantities of Provencal garrigue, ground pepper, resiny pine forest, sweet cherries and currants. Enjoy it over the next decade.  (10/ 2007)

K&L Notes

The 2005 Domaine La Barroche "Reserve" is a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah and Cinsault. The estate has been in the same family since the 14th century, and is composed of 12 hectares spread over 12 well-positioned plots throughout the appellation. Careful fruit selection, minimal intervention in the cellar, and no new oak ensure that wines from Domaine La Barroche exhibit gorgeous levels of purity, richness and elegance. 15% abv.

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By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/8/2009  | Send Email
Solid Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Rich ripe dark fruit, creme de cassis, licorice. So soft and pure it just glides through your palate like velvet. As I said, it is a rich powerful wine, that screams Provence. You will need something appropriate to pair with it like Basque Chicken, Coq-au-Vin, Roast Duck, Brillat Savarin, Epoisse, Tete des Moines.

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape