Domaine La Barroche Chateauneuf-du-Pape Signature 2015
91-93 points Vinous
(fermented in concrete eggs and aged in foudres and stainless steel tanks) Vivid ruby. Highly expressive cherry and black raspberry aromas are complicated by energetic floral and Asian spice nuances. Sappy, sweet and broad in the mouth, offering juicy, densely packed red and dark berry flavors that become deeper as the wine open up. Stains the palate and shows impressive vivacity on the persistent, floral-dominated finish, which is framed by silky, harmonious tannins.
90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Signature is a blend of 62% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre, 13% Syrah and the rest Vaccarèse, Clairette Rose and Cinsault. Vinified all in concrete and aged in a combination of foudre, demi-muids and stainless steel, it offers a tight, grippy, medium to full-bodied and beautifully structured style, as well as classic notes of black raspberries, black cherries, crushed flowers and hints of crushed rock. I love its tension, purity and focus, and it has terrific length on the finish as well. The young superstar Julien Barrot has just completed construction on a new cellar and the 2016 vintage should be the first vintage made completely at the new site (I believe the 2015 might have been aged there). Looking at his 2015s, there are only two cuvées produced, the classic Châteauneuf du Pape, which is 62% Grenache, 18% Mourvèdre and the rest Syrah and other permitted grapes, and the 100% Grenache Châteauneuf du Pape Pure. The Pure cuvée is always made in a single, old foudre, and while it can normally be reserved and difficult to be evaluated from barrel, it was singing on this occasion. It’s also worth noting his new Vin de France cuvée, which is from a newly acquired parcel of old vines. In addition, it gets a small part of declassified Châteauneuf du Pape grapes, hence why it’s released as a Vin de France and not a Côtes du Rhône (Châteauneuf du Pape can only be declassified into Vin de France, not Côtes du Rhône). I wasn’t able to get a suggested retai