Barbe Rac Rouge Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2017
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 develops exotic aromas in a very full-bodied and long flavored wine.
APPEARANCE: Intense garnet
NOSE: Complex and subtle, blackcurrant, plum, followed by roasted coffee, some herbaceous notes, spice (licorice, cinnamon), chocolate, Morello cherry
PALATE: Full bodied, yet delicate. Dark fruit and spices. Outstanding density with impressive length.
VARIETAL: 100% Grenache
TERROIR: Quaternary terrace with a surface of shingles coming from the former bed of the Rhône. The parcel producing this single vineyard has a complex and various geological composition. Vines are 90 years old.
VINIFICATION: Grenache, being sensitive to oxidation, vinifications are made in concrete tanks. Fermenting lasts about 3 weeks (which allows a polymerization of tannins) with a temperature which varies between 86 and 95°F. Only the free-run wine is used in this single vineyard.
Aging: Wine is aged in vats for around 16 months. According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from GASTRONOMY 30-60 years, indeed from 50-75 years.