2006 Domaine La Barroche Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Grenache Blend

At $65 this is a bit out of my price range for everyday drinking but I had the opportunity to sample the 2006 Domaine La Barroche Chateauneuf-Du-Pape at a trade tasting the other day. I have a few Chateauneuf-Du-Papes resting in my cellar, and tasting this wine made me want to open every last one of them. The blend is predominately Grenache (64%) with Mourvedre (17%), Syrah (11%) and Cinsault (8%) making up the rest of the blend. With the help of 4 weeks of skin contact, the Barroche has an amazing richness and intensity. The cooperage for this was done separately for each of the components: the Mourvedre was aged in 2 and 3 year old Burgundy barrels sur lees, 60% of the Grenache in old oak casks, 40% of the Grenache in Stainless Steel tanks, and both the Syrah and Cinsault were aged in old oak caks. All aging was for approximately 18 months before being bottled, unfiltered, in spring of 2008.

My Tasting Notes –

Nose: cherry, cooked tomato, olive oil, earth and eucalyptus

Taste: brown spice, “good funk”, cassis and red currant

Mouthfeel: full bodied and “meaty” with mouth drying leathery tannins, well balanced but present acidity

Finish: long and slightly spicy, hint of black pepper

If you couldn’t tell already I was enamored with this wine, and if it wasn’t for the price I would drink it once a week. The 2006 is still a baby though, the tannic structure could use some smoothing out, but for being so young it is drinking quite well now.


Categories: $40+, Rhone Wines, wine review | 3 Comments

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3 thoughts on “2006 Domaine La Barroche Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Grenache Blend

  1. Ron B

    “Charles” will be happy that you’re finally drinking and reviewing some “real deal” wines. =)

  2. Tugboat

    Julien Barrot is a young talented winemaker at the age of 27 or so. 2006 is only his 3rd vintage. Really ripe wine but with a refreshing underlying minerality. I know after his 2005 “Pure” he got a stupid 100 points from Parker and it changed his direction in wine making along with the prices. Now he is allowing more hang time for his fruit and the wines are about a third more expensive. I wonder how age worthy his wines will be and how and if they will evolve. I hope he at least keeps his “Signature” blend on the traditional side. He can play around with “Pure” for the international crowd. I do think the “Fiancé” is a nice balance between the two.

  3. Warren

    Hi John
    This one sounds like an excellent wine for a special occassion. I may just splurge on a bottle!

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