2000 M. Chapoutier "Barbe Rac" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1.5L)

SKU #1277289 95 points 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)  (2/2003)

93 points 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)  (2/2003)

92 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (8/2003)

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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