Domaine La Barroche Signature
Julien Barrot presides over one of the Rhône's most exciting estates, Domaine la Barroche, but thanks to his legendary Grenache cuvée “Pure,” is no longer the region’s best kept secret. The cat was let out of the bag some years ago when his Châteauneuf-du-Pape Pure was awarded his first of two 100 point scores for the 2005 vintage (the second was in 2010.)
Today Julien’s wine is more thrilling than ever and his stock continues to rise, yet one of his cuvées still goes relatively unnoticed, overshadowed by its more widely-known stablemate. The wine is Signature, which we feel to be one of the most outstanding value wines in the Rhône. This is no second wine, rather a Grenache-dominated blend (from vines as old as 100 years) with 15% each of Mourvedre and Syrah as well as some Cinsault. The 2010, an outstanding vintage, is bright, authentic, sophisticated, suave and intense. A Grand Vin in every sense yet a fraction of the price of the region’s biggest point-scorers (and eminently more drinkable than most, in our view.) Unfair on Julien’s coffers, perhaps, but a fillip to the bank accounts of wine lovers. We have a parcel of the 2010 currently available. The 2013, which we are about to ship, is every bit as intriguing: A refreshing mix of intensity, poise and vitality. There was no Pure cuvée made in 2013, there simply was not enough of this very small Grenache vintage to justify it, so the produce of its 100 year old vines was added to the Signature lending an extra touch of class to the blend.