Chateauneuf du Pape "Barbe Rac" Grande Cuvee M. Chapoutier Trocken Frankreich Rhône /Td Châteauneuf-du-Pape M. Chapoutier 2004
Grape variety 100% black grenache. Soil slopes on very old schists from the Palaezoic era. Harvesting the harvest is made by hand on very ripe fruits. Matching food with wines It can work as an aperitive. Blue cheese. chocolate desserts, cakes, dried fruits dessert, caramel, coffee. Vinification The harvest is destemmed,crushed. Very long maceration,adding pure alcohol to made sure all the aromas and tannins will be extracted. Maturing The aging in oak lasts from 18 to 36 month, depending on the years.A part in casks, a part in tuns. Tasting Colour : Deep garnet to acacia depending on the age. Noze : aromas of dried fruits, red fruits, and cocoa, roasted coffee appearing with the years. Mouth : very powerfull, long lenght in mouth, the fruits and the chocolate are the majour aromas of this very long ageing wine.
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.
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A combination of subtle oak and a smidge of graphite immediately had us in the mind of pencil shavings (spice & mineral), though this wasn’t as pronounced or as clearly defined as in other wines we’ve had. This, and a hint of caramel-vanilla sweetness, blew off after a little bit of decanting to reveal a ripe bunch of blackberry and cranberry underneath. Juicy, but far from jammy, the cranberry sauce and raspberry evident on the tip of the tongue died off, leaving the mid-palate a little bare for my liking, before ending with very nice, structured tannins. A great lingering finish and a solid bottle of wine. Could probably stand to age for a couple of years yet. After the initial tasting, I tried it again the following day and enjoyed it much more for its mid-weight, easy-drinking nature. I quickly finished off the bottle (for shame) and was left with a bit of a dilemma with regards to my rating. Ordinarily I would have tucked it into a lower category than I did, however my repeat trial and happy sipping made me rethink. The 2004 is a great value from a major Rhone producer, and is one of the more understated and elegant Grenache wines I’ve tried in this price range.
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Superdichte Konzentration in der Nase und am Gaumen. Gewürznoten von Anis, Kardamon und Fenchelsamen untermalen die opulente Frucht von Birne, reifen Pfirsichen und Feigen. Ein unglaublich langer Abgang und ein Schmelz wie Butter sind ein würdiges Finale dieses Top-Hermitage.
Ruby-red. Vibrant floral and mineral-accented red fruit aromas emphasize raspberry and redcurrant. Impressively pure and fresh with a nervy quality to the red berry flavors and a deep smoky espresso note on the back end. This grew sweeter with air the red berry flavors deepening but losing none of their precision or energy. Stephen Tanzers IWC.
All of the single vineyard Ermitages turned out as good as I had hoped possibly even better. In short they are among the strongest wines one could hope for in this vintage. The 2004 Ermitage Le Pavillon is outstanding but certainly not one of the most compelling wines Michel Chapoutier has made. It is dense dark ruby/purple and seems more austere and backward than the Le Meal but I still think these are 15- to 20-year wines as opposed to the normal 50+ that the top vintages of these single vineyard Ermitages produce. Dense with black currant fruit intermixed with licorice sweet blackberries and white chocolate this is an elegant mid-weight Pavillon that should be drinking well in about 5-6 years and last 15-20. -Robert Parker Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
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