New Wine Advocate tasting notes by Jeb Dunnuck: “single vineyard efforts always impressive”
From the February 2014 issue of Wine Advocate:
Chapoutier’s single vineyard efforts are always some of the most impressive in a vintage, and 2004 is no exception.
2004 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac
Always the more structured of the two releases, the 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac (100% Grenache) offers thrilling minerality in its licorice, dusty soils, smoked duck and kirsch liqueur-like aromas and flavors. Still youthful and focused, with medium to full-bodied richness, ample texture and solid underlying acidity and tannin, it will have at least another decade of longevity.
2004 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois
More forward and textured, with a hedonistic slant, the 2004 Chateauneuf du Pape Croix de Bois (also 100% Grenache) gives up earthy, meaty notes of tobacco leaf, olive, rare steak and sweet black fruit on the nose. Full-bodied, rich and voluptuously textured, it is drinking at maturity, yet should hold nicely for another 5-7 years.