2014 M. Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape 'Barbe Rac'
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
JJB: $56.94 Online Avg. $96
"...one of the reference points for nearly all the Rhone Valley appellations...The single vineyard offerings are as good as Rhone Valley wines can be." - Robert Parker on Chapoutier
Chapoutier has long been known as one of the true masters of Syrah in the Northern Rhone, but since expanding throughout the valley, he has found enviable success in every appellation he touches. Nowhere is this truer perhaps than in Châteauneuf du Pape, where in 2014 Chapoutier made "one of the wines of the vintage" per the Wine Advocate, and we have it available for 40% off the national average and the best price of any vintage on the market!
This 'Barbe Rac' Châteauneuf is an inimitable single vineyard effort from a site planted back in 1901! Chapoutier uses a rigorous selection process for the Barbe Rac and the result is a wine that "offers shocking levels of concentration and mid-palate depth.”
With “classic notes of black currants, dried earth, leather and graphite” (WA94pts), this is the kind of wine that lovers of Châteauneuf du Pape, Priorat and California Rhone Rangers will find equal joy in. Parker has said Chapoutier’s wines “are among the world’s greatest wines, especially the single vineyard wines" and we’re pretty sure you’ll agree.
There is frightfully little of this stellar Châteauneuf, only 600 cases for a global market that demands more and more of top shelf producers like Chapoutier. Fortunately, JJ Buckley has managed to secure some at an unparalleled price, so stock up now! Cheers!