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Specifications

Colour:

Red

Producer:

Domaine La Barroche

Region:

Rhône

Appellation:

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Grape Blend:

Grenache | Syrah

Châteauneuf du Pape, Fiancée, 2016

6x75cl £300.00

10 cases

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8 cases

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Tasting Note:

A blend of two complete opposites – 100 year old Grenache from Grand Pierre/ Rayas, Palestor and Terres Blanches plots and young Syrah from the Cabrieres area. Unripe grapes are de-stalked though for most of the old Grenache they are included in the fermentation, which happens in concrete tanks. Extraction is long slow and gentle, lasting up to four weeks. After ageing in concrete for the Grenache and 600 litre used oak barrels for the Syrah during a period of 18 months, the two are blended together to form the most beautiful of partnerships. Seamless, haunting and complex without at any stage being too much, the Fiancée is a fusion of dark fruits, savoury and spice notes with the most glossy of textures. Composed yet intense, offering flavours of cassis, cherry, kirsch, sage and garrigue. There are no hard edges here, being neither too sweet nor too savoury, too powerful nor too delicate. You can sense the freshness playing a key support role to the ripe fruit, rather than an overly intrusive one. “Harmony” would have been an equally fitting name for this Cuvée. Seductive and smooth enough to be enjoyed young, yet with the sheer drive, depth and balance to age beautifully this is a truly great Châteauneuf du Pape.

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