2005 Domaine la Barroche Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Pure Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tasting Note

2005 Domaine la Barroche Cuvée Pure  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) 97

Served in magnum, this is still young. Dark in color, there is so much concentrated, ripe, lush, juicy, dark red fruit, it almost stains your teeth and gums. There is a true purity to the fruit. The tannins are strong, but they are, with good grip. The sensation of saline and oyster shell comes through with ease. Luscious in texture, this is a beautiful expression of full-bodied Old Vine Grenache Chateauneuf du Pape, that at least in a magnum needs at least another 5 years,

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WOW! Luscious, opulent, hedonistic and then some; the wine is concentrated with waves of rich, ripe, sweet, pure, old vine Grenache giving you a beautiful purity of fruit, with sensuous textures and an intensity of flavor that really stays on your palate and senses.

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Barroche Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Domaine La Barroche, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Domaine La Barroche can be enjoyed on the young side. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for 1-2 hours or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Domaine La Barroche is usually better with 3-6 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. In the best vintages the wine should be consumed within 8-20 years after the vintage.

Serving Domaine la Barroche with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Domaine la Barroche is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Domaine la Barroche is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage, eggplant, tomatoes and cassoulet. Domaine la Barroche is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

The following two wines from Domaine la Barroche are no longer in production.

Domaine la Barroche Terroir, produced from young vines, made from 95% Grenache. The vines are among the youngest of their holdings, belonging to Barroche as they are between 15 to 20 years of age. The production averages 1,750 cases per vintage. 2010 was the final vintage.

Domaine la Barroche Cuvee Fiancee - Made from 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah, the vines range in age from as young as 25 years, to as old as more than 100 years of age. The old vine Grenache comes from the Terres Blanches vineyard and the Syrah is planted in the Cabrieres lieu-dit.

The wine is aged for 18 months, give or take, in large, oak barrels. The production is quite small, with an average of only 350 cases per vintage.

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