2010 M. Chapoutier "Barbe Rac" Châteauneuf-du-Pape

SKU #1134271 97 points Wine Spectator

 So lush, so warm, so inviting, with ganache, plum sauce and blackberry coulis notes that fan out beautifully. But there’s grip as well, with a mix of tar, shiso leaf, signed iron and charcoal on the finish, adding muscle and definition. Almost drinkable now, but this will get better.  (8/2013)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A magnificent effort, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac boasts huge notes of kirsch, exotic herbs, lavender, cedar, fig, black cherry, black currant, licorice and roasted meats. This flamboyant, rich, full-throttle Chateauneuf du Pape should age well for two decades. It will be interesting to follow this wine’s evolution alongside the brilliant 2009 and 2007 Barbe Racs. (RP)  (10/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated ruby. Black and blue fruits, violet and incense on the pungent, intensely perfumed nose. Stains the palate with sappy cassis and blackberry flavors, picking up spice and smoke on the back half. Cola and floral pastille nuances come up with air and carry through a strikingly long, gently tannic finish. More powerful than the Croix du Bois, with greater depth but less finesse, relatively speaking.  (1/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Mid crimson. Very attention-grabbing sweet, full-blown nose reminiscent of fading rose petals. Chewy finish. Really quite developed on the nose. Quite open and charming.  (12/2011)

K&L Notes

14.5% abv.

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.
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Chateauneuf du Pape

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5