Domaine Lucien Barrot & Fils Châteauneuf du Pape 2016
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
|Brand||Domaine Lucien Barrot & Fils|
Whiffs of bramble and wild mint lend complexity to ripe black cherry and blackberry on the palate of this Grenache-dominant blend. It's a rich, penetrating wine, with a silky, supple mouthfeel contrasted by fine, densely packed tannins. Elegant and balanced, it's appealing already but likely will better in 2021 and should gain depth and complexity well through 2030.
The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape is solid, with a classic, traditional bouquet of crunchy red fruits, Asian spices, and garrigue. It has good acidity, medium body, moderate tannins, and a good finish. Give it a few years to let the tannins chill out. It should appeal to both modernist and traditionalist. The blend is 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and the rest Mourvèdre and Cinsault.
The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape offers hints of horse stable and clove on the nose, along with raspberry fruit. Full-bodied, rich and tannic, it has potential, but it also has a notable metallic note on the clipped finish. It's 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and bits of Cinsault and Mourvèdre, aged in foudres.
Brilliant ruby-red. Dried cherry, succulent herbs, smoked meat and lavender on the spice-inflected nose. Bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors flesh out slowly on the back half. Finishes with solid grip, a faintly medicinal quality and youthfully firming tannins.