2007 Domaine La Barroche Chateauneuf-du-Pape Signature Rhone, France
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64% Grenache from the 100 year old Palestor parcel, Boursan, and Grand Pierre plots. 17% Mourvèdre from La Mascarone and Boursan plots. 11% Syrah from the Le Parc plot. 8% Cinsault from the 60 year old Pierre à Feu parcel
Rated 92 Points Wine Spectator
Solidly built, with an ample core of boysenberry, blackberry and braised fig fruit flavors laced with dark licorice. The long, grippy finish lets crème de cassis and plum sauce notes sail on. Rather fruit-centric now, but has the stuffing to develop further. Best from 2010 through 2027.
Rated 92 Points Wine & Spirits
Julien Barrot started making the wines at his family's domaine in 2002, when he was 23. His 2007 is full-throttle Chateauneuf, the dark chewy berry fruit filled out with chocolate earth and highly glossed with oak. Well supported by firm tannins, it's a red that's approachable now, but could benefit from another ten to 15 years in the cellar.