Domaine La Barroche Signature Chateauneuf Du Pape 2017
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“Under the young and capable leadership of Laetitia and Julien Barrot, Domaine la Barroche represents a bright light in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.” – Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
Whilst this small estate is relatively new to estate bottling (first vintage 2003) in the list of producers of Chateauneuf, the Barrot family that owns these 12.5 hectares of Chateauneuf-du-Pape have been established in the village since about 1400. The average age of the vines at La Barroche is 60 years old and one third of the vineyards are more than 100 years old (Grenache). Most of the vineyards of the estate are located in the north and north-east of the appellation with just a few plots located close to the town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape on the southern side.
Vinification here is classic with cement tanks used for fermentation and a mixture of cement and large foudres used for elevage of the Grenache based components and smaller oak used for the ageing of Syrah and Mourvedre based components. In the cellar wine is moved by gravity and done according to the lunar calendar and weather patterns. The wines of La Barroche are modern in the best sense, clean, pure and brilliant.
“Julien Barrot is on a quest to dial back the richness of his wines “even if the weather isn’t cooperating much in the last few vintages” as he seeks. Barrot told me he is looking for “more detail and structure, without hard tannins.” Today’s wines here, even the 2017s and 2016s, are a far cry, finesse-wise from the wines that Barrot was making in the early to late 2000s, when he “was trying for maximum power, maximum weight. You know, like so many young winemakers do when they want to make a name for themselves.” While he is pleased with how those wines are aging (and I mostly concur), he says that he does wish that they showed “a more light touch and more fresh, or red fruit” as they increasingly do now.” Vinous Media, Josh Raynolds, December 2019
97% Grenache + 3% other varieties from a single plot of vines planted 1901 in sandy soil at the junction of Grand Pierre, Rayas and Pointu vineyards. Partial whole-bunch ferment with under-ripe stalks removed. Fermented in tulip shaped concrete tank on skins for 4 weeks with very gentle extraction, then aged in an old oak foudre for 20 months before bottling unfined and unfiltered.
95 points Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media December 2019 “Limpid ruby-red. A highly complex, mineral-accented bouquet evokes red berry preserves, incense and Asian spices, and a sexy floral quality emerges as the wine opens up. Stains the palate with sappy, sharply delineated red berry liqueur and fruitcake flavors that are braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Shows outstanding depth as well as energy, and finishes spicy and extremely long, leaving notes of candied lavender and licorice behind.“
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