2019 Domaine La Barroche Pure Chateauneuf du Pape
Glass-staining ruby. Powerful raspberry liqueur, cherry, exotic spice, potpourri and incense aromas are complemented by hints of garrigue and smoky minerals. Juicy, seamless and energetic, offering densely packed red fruit, cherry cola, licorice and floral pastille flavors that show superb definition and spicy back-end cut. Polished, interwoven tannins frame a strikingly persistent finish that echoes the floral and mineral notes. Drink 2026 - 2037.
Josh Raynolds - Vinous
The 2019 Châteauneuf Du Pape Pure is the standard 100% Grenache, from a single parcel of old vines located at the intersection of the Grand Pierre, Rayas, and Pointu lieux-dits, that was brought up all in a single foudre. Coming from sandy, cooler soils, it offers a surprisingly dark purple hue to go with a stunning nose of black cherry liqueur, wild strawberries, roasted herbs, licorice, graphite, and chalky minerality. Straight-up stunning, with full-bodied richness and a voluptuous, seamless texture carrying awesome tannins and a monster of a finish, this stunning Grenache brings classic power and richness with no sensation of weight or heaviness. It reminds me of the 2005 and is a sensational Châteauneuf du Pape that will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for two decades. Hats off (again) to the genius of the young Julien Barrot! Drink 2025 - 2046.
This is very showy, with sparks of anise, black tea and woodspice being thrown off from a core of steeped blackberry, raspberry and boysenberry pate de fruit notes. A terrific graphite spine gives this all form, while the fruit drives authoritatively through the finish. A beauty. Best from 2024 through 2040.
James Molesworth - Wine Spectator
Very silky with mouthcoating fruit and tannin. This is powerful, packed full of fruit and acidity wit great finesse, but also muscle and an exceptional length. 100% Grenache from a plot of 100-year-old vines planted on the sandy soils at the junction of lieux-dits Rayas, Grand Pierre and Le Pointu. Drinking Window 2022 - 2038.
Matt Walls - Decanter