2007 Domaine la Barroche Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Pure displays a heavenly perfume of kirsch, rolled stone, licorice, and crushed flowers that just comes soaring from the glass. Despite the overall intensity to the aromas, the wine remains finesse driven with an overall elegant, complex, seamless character. Full-bodied and power on the palate, with a captivating, pure, silky texture, gorgeous concentration, and a blockbuster finish, this monumental effort is one brilliant drink at the moment, and I don’t see any reason this will change over the coming 10 to 15 years either.
Assuming one can find any of the 500 or so cases that are made, the wine 'to die for' is the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Pure. This is 100% Grenache from vines that are about 110 years of age! Aged both in foudre and tank prior to being bottled unfiltered, in its three versions to date, it is undeniably one of the greatest expressions of pure Grenache in the world. An awesome wine with an extraordinary nose of melted licorice, spring flowers, black cherries, and black currants, the wine hits the palate with a full-bodied, thunderous impact but never, ever becomes heavy or ponderous. It is an ethereal, super-concentrated wine of great elegance, precision, and freshness, but with unbelievable concentration and length. (RP) 99+
Inky purple. Huge, expressive bouquet shows dark berry, floral and fruitcake qualities, along with a smoky mineral note. Lush and creamy, with deep boysenberry and blueberry flavors and velvety tannins. Turns spicier on the back half and finishes with outstanding clarity and juicy persistence. As massive as this is, there's no sense of overripeness or excess weight. (JR)
This teeters on overripe, with extremely lush plum sauce, crushed fig and macerated cherry fruit, but the silky tannins and notes of incense and graphite provide the definition this needs, while the latent depth plays out on the very lengthy finish. Hints of black tea, shiso leaf and melted black licorice chime in at the very end, boding well for future development.
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