2003 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac
Proprietary Blend - 750ML
  • WS 96
  • WA 95
  • JG 95
  • VN 93
  • VN 93
  • DC 92

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WS 96
Wine Spectator, May 2006
Just loaded with racy red and black currant fruit this also pumps out cocoa bacon smoked apple wood and tar flavors as well but stays remarkably fresh and vibrant through the finish. Surprisingly accessible now but... Just loaded with racy red and black currant fruit this also pumps out cocoa bacon smoked apple wood and tar flavors as well but stays remarkably fresh and vibrant through the finish. Surprisingly accessible now but ironclad tannins will let this cruise for a generation. Drink now through 2030. 460 cases made. –JM
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2006
I have a slight preference for the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac which possesses a deep ruby/plum/purple color as well as a big sweet nose of kirsch liqueur pepper garrigue and spice box. This structured dense... I have a slight preference for the 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac which possesses a deep ruby/plum/purple color as well as a big sweet nose of kirsch liqueur pepper garrigue and spice box. This structured dense full-bodied moderately tannic long rich effort should hit its apogee in 3-4 years and last for two decades.
JG 95
John Platter, February 2012
(95 points) Chapoutier Barbe Rac remains of my favorite go to Chateauneuf du Pape wines. It is remarkably consistent and 2003 does not break that chain of consistency. From vines that are over 100 years of age. this 100%... (95 points) Chapoutier Barbe Rac remains of my favorite go to Chateauneuf du Pape wines. It is remarkably consistent and 2003 does not break that chain of consistency. From vines that are over 100 years of age. this 100% Grenache is loaded with sweet, ripe fresh kirsch,black cherry liqueur, earth, pepper, herbs and spicy, jammy black raspberries. Opulent and full bodied, this intense wine is ready to drink.
VN 93
Vinous, February 2006
Dark red color. Explosive assertive nose combines bitter cherry licorice wild herbs white pepper and sweet tobacco. Extremely rich and thick on the palate with outstanding depth of red fruit flavor and a persistent sappy... Dark red color. Explosive assertive nose combines bitter cherry licorice wild herbs white pepper and sweet tobacco. Extremely rich and thick on the palate with outstanding depth of red fruit flavor and a persistent sappy sweetness on the very long finish. 93 points
VN 93
Vinous, January 2006
(93 points) (from 100% grenache vines up to 80 years of age) Dark red color. Explosive, assertive nose combines bitter cherry, licorice, wild herbs, white pepper and sweet tobacco. Extremely rich and thick on the palate... (93 points) (from 100% grenache vines up to 80 years of age) Dark red color. Explosive, assertive nose combines bitter cherry, licorice, wild herbs, white pepper and sweet tobacco. Extremely rich and thick on the palate, with outstanding depth of red fruit flavor and a persistent, sappy sweetness on the very long finish. -- Josh Raynolds
DC 92
Decanter, April 2018
(92 points) A hedonistic and rich style with very ripe fruit that will gain in complexity as it ages. Blackberry, both fresh and in compote, and plum, both fresh and dried. Violets too. Full, rounded, slightly sweet in... (92 points) A hedonistic and rich style with very ripe fruit that will gain in complexity as it ages. Blackberry, both fresh and in compote, and plum, both fresh and dried. Violets too. Full, rounded, slightly sweet in character, with more blackberry and prune on the palate – there's a hint of surmaturité to the fruit. Good weight of tannin, ever so slightly drying, but should age well. From a plot of large rolled stones over red clay and sand to the west of the village of Châteauneuf, lieu-dit Barbe d'Asne. 68-year-old Grenache vines, all destemmed, fermented then matured for 18 months in concrete.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Southern Rhone
Vintage 2003

Label

Chateauneuf's history is extremely dense. One of the most important periods was during the 15th Century when the popes resided in Avignon. The village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape became the papal summer residence (Jean XXII, Urbin V and Innocent VI) and they succeeded in promoting its wines.

In the early 20th Century, winegrowers were regularly acknowledged for their wines by a special board of judges which was set up under the instigation of Baron "le Roy de Boiseaumarie."

Made from Grenache from 90 year old vines, Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac has an intense garnet color. It is herbacy on the nose, with hints of spices (liquorice), chocolate, and fruits (strawberry). It is ample on the mouth, fleshy, hot and round, and has an outstanding density with an impressive length. Depending on the vintage, this wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years or from 50 to 75 years.

Winery

Chapoutier

Chapoutier is one of the oldest wine producers in the Rhone Valley with a history dating back to 1808. A distant ancestor, Polydor Chapoutier, was the first to buy vines here, shifting from being a simple grape grower to making and trading his own wine. For the last two hundred years, the estate has been producing some of the greatest wines in the Rhone Valley. Today, the range also includes wines from some Roussillon appellations as well as projects in Portugal and Australia.

Under Michel Chapoutier’s leadership, quality improved and Chapoutier gained international recognition. The massive negociant and winery produces single-vineyard expressions and classic wines from a range of appellations in the north and south of the valley.

They have adopted biodynamic farming techniques and have included Braille markings on their labels since 1996. This was done from a desire to reach out to and include lovers of good wines with sight-impairments, and as a tribute to Maurice Monier of La Sizeranne, a member of the family that previously owned the vines of the same name and who invented the first abbreviated version of Braille.