Type: Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac
Grape Variety Used: 100% Grenache
Alcohol Level: 14.5%
Length/Type of Fermentation: The grapes are carefully selected during the harvest. This selection is compulsory and permits the selection of the best grapes. Vinification in concrete vats covered with exposy resin because Grenache is very sensitive to oxidation. The grapes are 100% destemmed before being placed in vats.
Length/Type of Aging: In oak barrels for 12 months, followed by 12 months in bottle
Unlike Burgundy and Bordeaux, the Rhône does not have an official cru (vineyard) classification system. There are, however, lieux-dits, “named places” or place names that denote vineyard sites and plots within each appellation. Chapoutier owns some of the most famous plots in the Rhône, including 34 hectares within the tiny Hermitage appellation. This collection of highly sought after wines is coined “Selections Parcellaires”. These exceptional wines are created organically and biodinamically and imported to the United States once per year.
A pure and intense wine of 100% old-vine Grenache, this unique hilltop vineyard west of the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape makes some of the silkiest and most elegant wines in the region. Its biodynamic viticulture ensures the low yields (15-20 HL/HA) necessary to create an intense Grenache-only wine, and its late picking contributes to the development of exotic aromas in a very full-bodied and long flavored wine.