2016 Domaine La Barroche "Signature" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Previously $55)

SKU #1392622 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The quality of what could be considered the "entry-level" cuvée from Barrot is the equivalent of most estate’s top wine, and the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Signature delivers the goods again. It’s almost too good and certainly not far behind the Pure cuvée. A blend of 62% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre, and the rest Cinsault, Syrah, Vaccarèse, and Clairette Rose, brought up in foudre and demi-muid, it sports a head-turning bouquet of kirsch liqueur, blackberries, crushed herbs, and pepper. With a big mid-palate, full body, ripe tannins, and a rocking finish, it’s a no-brainer purchase that will keep for two decades.  (8/2018)

94 points Decanter

 Potpourri and dried Provençale herbs on the nose. In the mouth it is rounded, immediately juicy and intense, but piercingly fresh. A pâté de fruit, red and black fruit character on the palate is accompanied by very fine but ample tannins. It's intense but lifted, structured, complete and harmonious. Very long and well balanced. All you could want in a classically-styled yet contemporary Châteauneuf. Drinking Window 2019 - 2028." (MW)  (10/2017)

94 points Vinous

 Shimmering ruby. Powerful raspberry, boysenberry and floral scents show excellent clarity and take on subtle smoke and allspice nuances as the wine opens up. Juicy and penetrating on the palate, offering appealingly sweet red and blue fruit and spicecake flavors that deepen on the back half, with no loss of energy. Silky, well-knit tannins make a late appearance on a very long, seamless finish that emphatically echoes the floral and spice notes. This is an outstanding entry-level bottling. (JR)  (12/2019)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A terrific entry-level offering, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Signature is a blend of 62% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre, 12% Syrah, 6% Cinsault and 2% other varieties. It's full-bodied and intense but silky and almost weightless, delivering wonderful, complex notes of cherries, raspberries and an array of dried spices and herbs. With 2,500 cases produced, it should be fairly widely available and reasonably priced. (JC)  (8/2018)

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By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/12/2019 | Send Email
La Barroche is a new one for K&L but I can imagine it will stay. This little guy isn't so little really with tannins that are grainy and mouth-coating, big spicy Grenache driven fruit and beautiful freshness that really make this wine a classic and great example of Châteauneuf du Pape. Not to be missed!

By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/9/2019 | Send Email
This wine is pure deliciousness. Beautifully composed, harmonious, concentrated, and expressive, this 2016 has everything going for it. Like the best 2016s, it is ready to go straight out of the gate but has enough acid, tannin, and structure to last another twenty years. The wines from La Barroche have always shown exceptionally well (if a tad on the rustic side), but this 2016 takes things to another level. Sleekly styled and modern without being too modern, there's not a single flaw to detect. Pick up a few bottles for the near term and a few more for down the line—it is sure to delight at every stage of what is certain to be a long, illustrious life.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/7/2019 | Send Email
What a brilliant Châteauneuf. Starting off, it shows beautiful, lifted aromatics that keep you coming back to the glass. On the palate it shows a deft balance of lively acidity to showcase brambly berry fruit, fig, leather, and a textured minerality that gives it a wonderful sense of place. This is a great showcase for the 2016 vintage, combining freshness and depth. It it relatively light on it's feet and relies more on structure than volume. Drink now with a decant or enjoy anytime over the next decade-plus.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/7/2019 | Send Email
Young Julien Barrot of Domaine la Barroche is a name to remember, only in his 30s he is already becoming world-renowned for fashioning some of the greatest young Chateauneuf-du-Papes currently available in the market. The Signature is stunning from the very first sniff from the glass where aromas of Asian spice, marzipan, baker's chocolate and cassis liqueur all slowly rise from the glass. The palate is alive with flavors of blackberry and cassis jelly buffered by lively acidity and fine tannins. The finish is long and supple with spice and berry flavors slowly fading away in perfect harmony.
Top Value! Drink from 2019 to 2039

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