Barrel sample. 100% Grenache. Rich and ripe and exotic. Sweet. Lots of fine tannins – almost bitter on the end. Very youthful indeed. Not nearly as approachable as Croix de Bois.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2040
Robert Parker 94-96
“Picked two weeks earlier than the historical norm, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac is 100% old-vine Grenache from a warm subregion of the appellation. It boasts huge black cherry fruit and touches of garrigue, carried by a full-bodied, rich palate. This is tannic but ripe, with a long, long, long licorice-tinged finish. Yes, I wrote long three times in my original notes!”
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035