Astonishing CdP from Dom la Barroche

One of these Chateauneuf du Pape reds is a profound powerhouse from 115 year-old vines growing next door to Ch Rayas – a wine Wine Advocate rated 95-97 points and called, “one of the top wines in the vintage.”  The other is an ultra-traditional blend of 40-100 year-old Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Cinsault, Cinsault, Clairette Rose and Vaccarèse that captures the elegant purity of vintage 2014 with no shortage of power, intensity, and length.

Importer Olivier Daubresse will pour them both on Saturday (and one will be open Friday), but you should reserve yours now if you want to avoid sell-out disappointment.  Because one taste will convince you that there’s a good reason the Advocate keeps calling 35 year-old Julien Barrot “one of the new superstars of the appellation.”  And that you’ll want to mix up a case of both Domaine la Barroche Chateauneuf du Papes while you can!

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Dom La Barroche Chateauneuf Du Pape Pure 2015 Product #32157 (In Stock)
Dom La Barroche Chateauneuf Du Pape Pure 2015 Dom La Barroche Chateauneuf Du Pape Pure 2015

As Jeb Dunnuck says of Pure, “There are only 250 cases produced and it’s year in, year out, one of the greatest Grenache’s made in the world.”  The vine comes from a single, tiny, plot of sandy-soiled vineyard abutting Ch Rayas (one of the region’s greatest and most expensive wines).  Planted by current winemaker Julien Barrot’s grandfather, the vines are now about 115 years old, yielding a tiny crop of amazingly concentrated and intense Grenache fruit.  Julien picks them by hand, ferments the crushed berries in concrete eggs, and then ages the wine in a single, large, very old, Fench oak foudre.  An astonishingly elegant and…well, Pure…take on the Southern Rhone’s most important grape.

"A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh dark berries, cola, incense and potpourri, and a hint of smoky minerality emerges with air. Juicy, penetrating black raspberry, bitter cherry and lavender pastille flavors show superb depth and energy and stretch out to become sweeter on the back half. Shows excellent clarity and spicy lift on a long, sappy finish framed by velvety, slow-building tannins. For such a generous wine, there's no lack of vivacity here."  Vinous (Raynolds) 93-95 points

"Offering more kirsch liqueur, lavender, incense and sweet spice, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pure is another gorgeous, balanced, seamless beauty. Fine tannin, full-bodied richness, and solid freshness all develop in the glass, and it has a great finish. Like the traditional cuvée, it's elegant, long, and will keep for 15+ years. This cuvée is always from the same parcel located at the intersection of the le Grand Pierre, le Pointu and Rayas lieux-dits, is fermented all in concrete and spends 18 months in a single foudre. There are only 250 cases produced and it’s year in, year out, one of the greatest Grenache’s made in the world."  JebDunnuck.com 95 points

"One of the most impressive barrel samples of this cuvée I can remember, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Pure is always almost 100% Grenache that comes from a tiny parcel of sandy soils located right at the junction of the Grand Pierre, Pointu and Rayas lieux-dits. Partially destemmed, vinified in concrete and aged in a single, ancient foudre, this sensational-looking Châteauneuf du Pape dishes out incredible amounts of ripe cherries, blueberries, crushed rocks and crushed flowers. Big, full-bodied, thick and unctuous, it got a few expletives in the notes, and for all its size and weight, it stays lively, pure and even elegant. My money is on this beauty being one of the top wines in the vintage."Wine Advocate 95-97 points

Regular Price (1) Price : $119.99/ea
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Dom La Barroche Chateauneuf Du Pape Pure 2015 Magnum Product #32158 (In Stock)
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When Robert Parker tasted the 2005 Pure  - just the third vintage for then 25 year-old Julien Barrot – he was blown away, calling it “magnificent 100% old vine Grenache offering called Pure, which is about as close to a great vintage of Rayas as one will find.”  That Rayas comparison comes up often, and while this is hardly inexpensive, compared to Rayas…  Well worth having to drink from 2020 on.

"Most of these vines are now over 115 years old; fermented in large concrete eggs and aged in a large older foudre. Lurid ruby. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh dark berries, cola, incense and potpourri, and a hint of smoky minerality emerges with air. Juicy, penetrating black raspberry, bitter cherry and lavender pastille flavors show superb depth and energy and stretch out to become sweeter on the back half. Shows excellent clarity and spicy lift on a long, sappy finish framed by velvety, slow-building tannins. For such a generous wine, there's no lack of vivacity here."  Vinous (Raynolds) 93-95 points

"One of the most impressive barrel samples of this cuvée I can remember, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Pure is always almost 100% Grenache that comes from a tiny parcel of sandy soils located right at the junction of the Grand Pierre, Pointu and Rayas lieux-dits. Partially destemmed, vinified in concrete and aged in a single, ancient foudre, this sensational-looking Châteauneuf du Pape dishes out incredible amounts of ripe cherries, blueberries, crushed rocks and crushed flowers. Big, full-bodied, thick and unctuous, it got a few expletives in the notes, and for all its size and weight, it stays lively, pure and even elegant. My money is on this beauty being one of the top wines in the vintage."Wine Advocate 95-97 points

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