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Date Printed: 12/24/2014
Chapoutier Barbe Rac Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2001
Chapoutier Barbe Rac Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2001
(search item no. 76723)
Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 12/24/2014: $70.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The profound 2001 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac boasts a deep ruby/purple color as well as a nose of garrigue, licorice, kirsch liqueur, cassis, and new saddle leather. This superbly concentrated, full-bodied, multidimensional wine coats the palate with glycerin and sweet fruit. There is not a hard edge to be found, but wow, what intensity and length (the finish lasts for close to one minute). The 2001 should turn out to be a legendary effort capable of lasting 15-20 years.
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About M. Chapoutier:

No name is more closely associated with the greatness of the Rhône valley than M. Chapoutier.

The history of the Chapoutier family stretches back to the early nineteenth century when current owner Michel Chapoutier’s great-, great-, great-grandfather Marius purchased an estate and some vineyards in the now famous village of Tain l’Hermitage in the Northern Rhône Valley. Marius Chapoutier made history in the region when he became the first grape grower there to vinify his own fruit. Marius had tasted wines other winemakers produced using his fruit and he realized that something was lost in translation, so to speak. He knew that he owned some of the best growing sites in the appellation and he believed — rightly — that the grapes grown in his vineyards could produce long-lived world-class wines. In a move unusual at the time, he decided that he should make the wine himself. Not only did the quality of the wines increase greatly, but this move provided the capital to expand the Chapoutiers’ already legendary estate.

A visionary and pioneer in biodynamic winemaking, his restless energy and unconditional commitment to quality have produced tremendous success, with the most 90+ point ratings of all Rhône producers and 16 "100 point" rated wines.