Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac Chapoutier 93rr 2008
"This shows some of the vintage's raisinlike edge and slightly angular acidity, but the core of mulled damson plum, blackberry and sweet tobacco soon takes over, with more than enough flesh for balance. Then the mineral and shiso leaf notes chime in for added length and range. A fantastic effort that's true to the character of the vintage....94" WS 11/10 "Drinking even better now than on release, and up there with the best of the vintage, the 2008 M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac is lithe and elegant, with beautiful red fruit-driven aromas, licorice, garrigue, and minerals all emerging from the glass and developing with air. Fresh, clean, and complex, this medium-bodied 2008 has a silky, polished texture, excellent underlying structure, and plenty of length on the finish. It will continue to improve with another year or three, and drink well for a decade. Perfect with food, this is one of those off vintage purchases that you‟ll look back on and pat yourself on the back for buying...93" RR 06/12
The name CHAPOUTIER is present in the Rhône Valley since 1808. In 1879, the distant ancestor Polydor CHAPOUTIER was the first to begin to buy vines, thus moving from the status of wine-grower of an estate to that of a viticulturist, a wine producer and a businessman. The pioneering spirit was already present in the family.