Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Signature" 2013

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The Pure was not made in 2013 and the 100 year-old Grenache is blended into the Signature cuvée. 2013 was a very cool year with a very late harvest and has more acidity than an average year. Final blend is 55% Grenache and 25% Mourvèdre with the balance of Syrah, Cinsault, other co-planted varietals. From a mix of different terroir found in Chateauneuf; yellow and red sand, red clay, large pebbles, with a high proportion of sand. The average age of the vines is more than 70 years old.

Rigorous bud pruning, as well as green harvesting and leaf thinning, keep yields low. The picking is entirely by hand, with sorting in the vineyard and again in the cellar. Underripe stalks are removed. The wine stays on the skins for over 4 weeks; the Grenache is aged in old oak casks, the Mourvèdre and the Syrah are aged on their lees in 600L barrels used to age 1 to 3 previous vintages, and the Cinsault is aged in stainless steel tanks. Aging lasts approximately 18 months before the wine is bottled without filtration. 

This wine reflects a long family history: generations of enthusiastic and sometimes fanatical winegrowers, never losing sight of the importance of their terroir. Like the men and women of the Barrot family, Domaine La Barroche is many-faceted and generous. It epitomises the balance, authenticity, and flamboyant character of Châteauneuf-du-Pape: a brilliant blend of hundred year old Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault from the estate's finest terroirs. This is an unique, elegant, silky and opulent wine that invariably expresses its distinctive qualities. 

92 points
"Deep ruby. Displays powerful spice- and mineral-accented aromas of black raspberry and boysenberry, along with suggestions of white pepper and lavender pastilles. Stains the palate with intense, spice-tinged red and blue fruit flavors, deftly marrying power and finesse. Finishes sweet, smoky and extremely long, with resonating minerality and a lingering blueberry note. Quite rich for an entry-level Châteauneuf, but then again, this bottling does benefit from a good dose of fruit normally destined for the Pure bottling."
Josh Raynolds,
, April 2016
91 points
"The 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape Signature, which got all of the Grenache grapes normally designated for Pure, is a medium to full-bodied, nicely structured effort that exhibits lots of black cherry, smoked herbs, licorice and spice.The wine is nicely concentrated and with enough tannin to benefit from a year or two in the cellar; it’s an outstanding wine that will drink nicely through 2025. "
Jeb Dunnuck,
Wine Advocate
, October 2015
90 points
"Stylish, with a caressing edge to the black cherry, plum and blackberry flavors that stream throughout, gilded with hints of fruitcake and warmed anise. Silky but substantial tannins carry the finish. Best from 2017 through 2023. 1,200 cases made. –JM"
James Molesworth,
Wine Spectator
, Feb 29, 2016