International Wine Cellar 91
"Bright purple. Highly perfumed aromas of raspberry, rose, lavender and Asian spices. Juicy, pure and penetrating, offering tightly wound red berry, floral and star anise flavors that gain depth with air. A long, aromatic, sharply delineated finish features bright berry and floral qualities. Incidentally, the excellent 2009 version of this wine has shut down a bit since last year but also seems to have put on some weight. I'd let it rest for a couple more years before cracking another bottle."
Eric Asimov - New York Times
"The 2010 vintage is superb for cru Beaujolais, wines from the 10 villages thought to be of sufficient quality that their names are appellations. This complex, delicate, graceful St.-Amour, from the northernmost of the crus, combines aromas of red fruit with earthy, sturdy, lingering mineral flavors."
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"It is clearly one of the very finest Cru Beaujolais producers in the firmament of the region today and an estate that I plan to be drinking with great regularity from this point forward... These are clearly some of the most pure, expressive and refined examples of Cru Beaujolais to be found in the region, and the domaine clearly deserves to be more widely known amongst the Beaujolais cognoscenti." - John Gilman, View from the Cellar #28.
This is seriously old-school winemaking: after hand-harvesting, the grapes undergo semi-carbonic maceration in vats using only indigenous yeasts. The wines are then aged half in cement tanks and half in large old wooden foudres with a light fining before bottling. Although delicious when young, the wines are incredibly age-worthy. A recent tasting of wines ranging back into the mid-1970's showed great intensity and complexity without any sign of fatigue.
The Beaujolais region is finally getting the recognition it deserves and the Barbets are a perfect example of why; these are impressive wines with surprising complexity and elegance. They would not be out of place in any collector's cellar nor on the table with your next meal. Luckily, good Beaujolais is still one of the great values in French wine.