2011 M. Chapoutier "Barbe Rac" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Slightly deeper in color, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac is a superb success in the vintage. Offering surprising richness and depth, with a medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated feel on the palate, it offers copious black cherry, leather, ground pepper and minerality on the nose. As with the other cuvees, it is a forward, fleshy vintage for the cuvee, yet it possesses fine tannin, terrific mid-palate depth and an all-around balanced, harmonious feel that should allow it to age gracefully. Enjoy it over the coming decade. Drink now-2023.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid ruby. An exotically nose evokes cherry compote, blackberry and smoky Indian spices. Fleshy, sweet and concentrated, with a distinctly spicy quality to it dark berry flavors. Impressively lush and broad on the persistent finish, with suave tannins adding shape.
Mid ruby. Actually paler than the Croix du Bois. Sweet and opulent and hedonistic. Quite soft. Very much wants to be liked! Fine tannins. Very forward with lots of spice. 17.5/20 points.