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Domaine la Barroche 2016s
20 March 2018

Julien Barrot, of Domaine la Barroche, is the most exciting young winemaking talent in the southern Rhône. Best known for his much-lauded cuvée “Pure,” one of the most seductive expressions of Grenache there is, Julien has propelled the Domaine into the top echelons of Châteauneuf production.

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.) 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 former for Grenache the latter for Syrah and Mourvèdre. The wine is handled gently, everything is done by gravity, and extractions are gentle. This has rapidly become a stellar Domaine.    Read More

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