Vivid ruby. Dark berry and floral scents show very good clarity and spicy lift. Offers gently sweet black and blue fruit flavors that spread out with air, picking up subtle anise and sassafras nuances and a hint of white pepper. Lingers with very good energy and spiciness and gentle tannic grip. This should be very drinkable in a couple of years, or even now if you give it some aeration.
Robert Parker 91
Showing evolved notes of roasted meat and leather, while still holding onto some ripe cherries, the slightly warm, full-bodied 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Signature (the cuvee now known as Julien Barrot) finishes silky and long, although it is nearing the end of its useful life. At 16.3% alcohol, it’s the most alcoholic vintage he’s made, said Barrot.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022