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2016 Domaine La Barroche Chateauneuf du Pape

Chateauneuf du Pape, Southern Rhone, FRANCE
$99. 99 Bottle
$1199.88 Dozen
Cellar: 6 - 8 Years (2024-2026)
ABV: 15%
Closure: Cork

Totally opaque black dark purple core with a dark purple red hue. Intense black raspberry, liquorice and black cherry aromas meld into earthy incense notes and subtle spicy pepper. Rich, dense and powerful with a robust underbelly the palate is crammed with opulent black raspberry, black cherry and liquorice flavours. Elements of dried meats, scorched earth, infusions of incense and spicy pepper all chime in to provide further complexity. Ripe chewy tannins and vibrant acidity give the wine plenty muscle for long term cellaring. Very concentrated and long with a chewy aftertaste of black raspberries, black cherries, liquorice, scorched earth, dried meats and spicy blackpepper.
Cellar 6-8 years.
Alc. 15%

Other Reviews…
The quality of what could be considered the “entry-level” cuvée from Barrot is the equivalent of most estate’s top wine, and the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Signature delivers the goods again. It’s almost too good and certainly not far behind the Pure cuvée. A blend of 62% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre, and the rest Cinsault, Syrah, Vaccarèse, and Clairette Rose, brought up in foudre and demi-muid, it sports a head-turning bouquet of kirsch liqueur, blackberries, crushed herbs, and pepper. With a big mid-palate, full body, ripe tannins, and a rocking finish, it’s a no-brainer purchase that will keep for two decades.
95 points
Jeb Dunnuck