Color: Intensive garnet, developing into ruby red.
Nose: Complex and subtle, blackcurrant, plum, followed by roasted coffee, cinnamon, cherry, Morello cherry and liquorice.
Mouth: a good presence of the tannins, extremely delicate; ample, full-bodied, pulpy, warm and round.
"Chapoutier's 1998 Barbe RAc is close to full maturity. It exhibits an abundance of Provecal herbs intermixed with new saddle leather, kirsch, framboise, and spice box. The intoxicatingly heady, complex aromatics are followed by a full-bodied, lush, succulent style of wine with a relatively high alcohol/glycerin content and loads of fruit. This wine is drinking terrifically well after going through an awkward stage about two to three years ago. Drink it between now and 2020."
The Wine Advocate