The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Barville is brilliant stuff, and probably the finest vintage of this wine to date. Based on 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre, with classic red and black fruits, garrigue, and spice, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, an opulent texture, and sweet tannin. Drink it over the coming 10-12 years.
Plump black-cherry and dried strawberry notes are accented by hints of cinnamon, leather and toast in this full-bodied red. Bold in alcohol and richly concentrated, it's a warming, plush wine, but balanced by fresh red-currant acidity and soft, supple tannins. Drink now–2030.
90pts James Suckling
A very approachable and fruit-soaked expression with layers of pastry-like tannins and plenty of ripe blue and purple berry fruit flavor.
Nose: Marked by its terroir character of spices, black pepper, lavender, black cherries and blackberries.
Palate: Elegant and well balanced, full-bodied, powerful with persistent aromas of red fruit and garrigue. This wine offers a great tasting pleasure and reward the most patients.