Domaine La Barroche Chateauneuf-du-Pape Signature 2016
This wine reflects a long family history: generations of enthusiastic and sometimes fanatical winegrowers, never losing sight of the importance of their terroir. Like the men and women of the Barrot family, Domaine La Barroche is many-faceted and generous. It epitomizes the balance, authenticity, and flamboyant character of Châteauneuf-du-Pape – a brilliant blend of hundred-year-old Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault from the estate's finest terroirs. This is a unique, elegant, silky and opulent wine that invariably expresses its distinctive qualities. It also shows great class thank to its deep color, floral bouquet, freshness, cocoa flavors and delicate aftertaste.
JD95: The quality of what could be considered the “entry-level” cuvée from Barrot is the equivalent of most estate’s top wine, and the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Signature delivers the goods again. It’s almost too good and certainly not far behind the Pure cuvée. A blend of 62% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre, and the rest Cinsault, Syrah, Vaccarèse, and Clairette Rose, brought up in foudre and demi-muid, it sports a head-turning bouquet of kirsch liqueur, blackberries, crushed herbs, and pepper. With a big mid-palate, full body, ripe tannins, and a rocking finish, it’s a no-brainer purchase that will keep for two decades.
D94: Potpourri and dried Provençale herbs on the nose. In the mouth it is rounded, immediately juicy and intense, but piercingly fresh. A pâté de fruit, red and black fruit character on the palate is accompanied by very fine but ample tannins. It's intense but lifted, structured, complete and harmonious. Very long and well balanced. All you could want in a classically-styled yet contemporary Châteauneuf. 'Pure' not available to taste this year. Drinking Window 2019 - 2028
WA93: A terrific entry-level offering, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Signature is a blend of 62% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre, 12% Syrah, 6% Cinsault and 2% other varieties. It's full-bodied and intense but silky and almost weightless, delivering wonderful, complex notes of cherries, raspberries and an array of dried spices and herbs. With 2,500 cases produced, it should be fairly widely available and reasonably priced.