2001 M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tasting Note

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2001 M. Chapoutier Barbe Rac  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 96

Most of my friends focus on the Hermitage from Chapoutier, glossing over their Chateauneuf du Pape's. Big mistake. This luscious, silky, fresh, clean, pure expression of kirsch, garrigue and wild black raspberries perfectly balances its level of concentration, freshness and ripe, pure red fruits. While there is weight, you also find freshness and purity. The wine is clearly hitting its strides today.

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This is all about the pure, sweet, perfectly ripe, cherries, raspberries and wild strawberries, with their freshness, elegant textures and earthy, spice, pepper, brown sugar and dark cherry liqueur filled characteristics. Silky in texture, medium bodied and a treat in your glass, this is drinking perfectly today. I'm not sure why this wine does not get more attention, it's a very nice style of Chateauneuf du Pape.

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Chapoutier Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Chapoutier Cote Rotie, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chapoutier Cote Rotie, when young, should be decanted at least 1-3 hours, give or take, allowing the wines to soften and open their perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chapoutier Cote Rotie is usually better with 5-12 years of cellaring and should be at its best between 10-20 years of age.

Serving Chapoutier Cote Rotie with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chapoutier Cote Rotie is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chapoutier Cote Rotie is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chapoutier Cote Rotie is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

Condrieu, the white wine of Chapoutier is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

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