Domaine La Barroche Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Pure 2007
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
|Brand||Domaine La Barroche|
Thick, unctuous and the epitome of hedonism, the 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape is easily the most decadent and concentrated Pure produced to date. Possessing tons of sweet kirsch and darker fruits, roasted meats, lavender and truffle, it's massive and backward on the palate, with a full, stacked mid-palate and an almost overflowing amount of fruit that somehow stays lively, weightless and fresh. I found the '05 and '10 to have a tad more vibrancy at this tasting, but certainly, this is one of the most profound Grenaches I've tasted. A word of warning, this cuvee has known Issues of having some bottles referment, so proceed with caution.
This teeters on overripe, with extremely lush plum sauce, crushed fig and macerated cherry fruit, but the silky tannins and notes of incense and graphite provide the definition this needs, while the latent depth plays out on the very lengthy finish. Hints of black tea, shiso leaf and melted black licorice chime in at the very end, boding well for future development. Best from 2010 through 2030. 360 cases made.