2000 M. Chapoutier "Barbe Rac" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
There are approximately 500 cases of this wine. It is a large-scaled Chateauneuf du Pape that represents the antithesis of La Bernardine. This wine has been spectacular, and I have been a frequent buyer and consumer of this wine since the first vintage Michel Chapoutier made, 1989. The Barbe Rac is a 100% Grenache cuvee produced from a vineyard planted in 1901 near the famed La Gardine estate. It is aged 80% in tank and 20% in large demi-muids barrels. The deep ruby/purple-colored 2000 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac boast a fabulous perfume of kirsch liqueur, licorice, ground pepper, and a hint of Provencal herbs. Ripe, full-bodied, and concentrated, with huge quantities of glycerin as well as a finish that lasts for nearly 50 seconds, this spectacular Chateauneuf du Pape possesses a sweetness and endearing accessibility that make it hard to resist. It should be drinkable during its entire 20-year evolution. It's a wow, wow wine! (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red-ruby. Superripe, slightly high-toned aromas of strawberry, raspberry, spice cake and mint. Large-scaled, sweet and deep; thick but bright and sharply delineated. Extravagant but youthfully backward flavors of candied fruits, mace and nutmeg. This has superb depth of fruit for the vintage. Finishes with thoroughly sweet tannins and outstanding length. A very strong 2000 that I significantly underrated a year ago. (ST)
Traditional, yet very exotic and gorgeous, it tastes like a spice cake. Medium-bodied, very aromatic, showing chocolate, plum, dried fig, mocha and intense jammy character. Sweet-tasting, balanced finish. Terrific aging potential.