Châteauneuf du Pape, Pure
    Domaine La Barroche

    Châteauneuf du Pape, Pure,



    Domaine La Barroche, Châteauneuf du Pape, Pure, 2014

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Domaine La Barroche, Châteauneuf du Pape, Pure, 2014

    Ripe, aromatic fruit with the enthralling freshness of the vintage. Simply wonderful. Lovely, long, elegant flavours of damson, cherry and plum with touches of rose and cherry blossom. So svelte and unforced. Breath-taking. Barroche's legendary 100% Grenache cuvée that comes from a plot of 100 year old vines planted on the sandy soils of the Rayas sector, found on the way to Courthezon from Châteauneuf. The wine is fermented gently and aged in unobtrusive large old oak foudres. Only 4,000 bottles of the 2014 was made.



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    Domaine La Barroche

    Domaine La Barroche

    Julien Barrot, of Domaine la Barroche, is one of the young, emerging talents of the southern Rhône. After Julien completed his winemaking course in Montpellier he backpacked around the vineyards of France and Australia, thirsty for knowledge and eager to expand his experiences. He came back and joined his father in 2002, more convinced than ever of the importance of terroir. Julien's enthusiasm and passion rubbed off on his father and together they agreed to release the first Domaine-bottled wines in the 2003 vintage. For thirty years previously Julien's father Christian had been working the vineyards and making wine but selling it off in bulk to local merchants. Though Christian is still around to lend advice, he entrusted the entire Domaine to Julien as of the 2006 vintage. The estate is small, encompassing 12 ha, and is planted to the traditional varieties including Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Cinsault, Terret Noir and Clairette. The average age of the vines is 60 years old and one third of the vineyard is more than 100 years old (Grenache.) Their holdings are in some of Châteauneuf’s most hallowed ground, most notably those at the junction of the sandy Rayas, Pointu and Grand Pierre sectors. Grapes are hand picked, wines are fermented in concrete vat and aged in a mixture of large old wooden foudres and smaller oak barrels. The wine is handled gently, everything is done by gravity, and extractions are gentle. This has rapidly become a stellar Domaine.

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