No longer Chateauneuf’s best kept secret, Domaine La Barroche has risen rapidly over the last 5 years to become one of the region’s most sought-after producers. Under the stewardship of the tireless and enthusiastic Julien Barrot the Domaine has produced a string of outstanding wines since 2007. His latest vintage, 2012, is his finest yet in our view, both wines combine their typical intensity and character that comes from the estate’s gnarly old vines, however it is elegance and harmony that make these so arresting.
In Julien’s own words “ it is a much fresher, higher-toned vintage than 2010 with more floral aromas. 2010 is great but personally I prefer my 2012s. The Pure Grenache is as sensual and seductive as you would expect, however its the value of Signature that really catches the eye , with its old vines Grenache and the addition of 20% Mourvedre this is silken, lifting, complex and peppery. Surely one of the buys of the vintage.
The Wine Advocate heaps Julien with praise. In issue #209 they say “ These awesome wines are made by the young, yet incredibly talented, Julien Barrot. Now producing just two cuvees from his 32 acres of sandy soils, he first took over the winemaking in 2002 and has since produced one spectacular vintage after another (don’t miss his 2010s!). The winemaking here is very traditional with some stem inclusion and aging all in tank and very old foudre. The wines typically show rich, voluptuous, yet elegant profiles and are relatively accessible in their youth, yet also age gracefully.”
The wines are offered in Bond and will be shipped in September 2014
Giles Burke-Gaffney, Buying Director