Brotte Châteauneuf du Pape "Les Hauts de Barville" red 2016
VARIETIES: Majority of Grenache, Syrah
YIELD : 30 hl/ha
NUMBER OF BOTTLES : 40 000 cols
HISTORY AND VINEYARD :
Having long time expertise in the appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the Brotte House knows very well the “terroirs” of the area. “Les Hauts de Barville” has distinctive richness and unctuosity, in the same style as Domaine Barville, Brotte family’s estate wine in the name of ancestors, the Barville. We select varieties which sublimate the majority Grenache on the best exposed terroirs of pebbles, limestone and sand of the prestigious cru of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The selection gives this great wine beautiful concentration, a rich symphony of aromatic notes : red fruits (strawberry mainly), spices, truffles, “guarrigue” (“scrub land”). A patient maturation in 100 year old large oak casks and French oak barrels during one year develop the smoothness and richness of aromas and tannins.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION:
Sustainable viticulture, de-budding, de-leafing and green harvest limit the yield and increase the quality. Hand-picking,, de-steming, gentle crushing are followed by a controlled fermentation at 28°C, and a 3 to 4 week maceration. The tannic Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre are aged in French oak barrels, while the softer Grenache is matured in concrete vats and 100 year old large oak casks to preserve the fruit. Bottling takes place in November, after a year of ageing and a light filtering.
« Richness and Unctuosity »
Colour – Ruby with purple glints.
Nose – Rich symphony of red fruits (strawberry dominates), spices, truffles and « guarrigue » (« scrub land »)
Palate – Rich and unctuous, with long lasting aromas of red fruits and spices, the cuvée will seduce the amateurs of fruit in its youth, and those who will age the wine (up to 10 years) to savour its full potential and unique truffles and « garrigue » notes.
FOOD AND WINE MATCHING :
Serve at 17 °C. Open 4 hours in advance.
Savour with beef in black olives sauce, grilled rib steak in pepper sauce, beef & vegetable stew, fresh goat cheeses, chocolate fondant (vintages).
VINTAGE : 2016 : 2017 : A good year with low yields. With beautiful rich sugar and deep colours, the red wines are powerful, round and balanced. Whites and rosés are fat, full-bodied and have kept good freshness. 2016 : An exceptional year. The reds are aromatic, powerful, round, fine and balanced, while the whites display freshness, unctuosity, full body and great length.
Vint. 2017 : JEB DUNNUCK 92-94 - JANCIS ROBINSON 16.5/20 - DECANTER 93
Vint. 2016 : PARKER 93 - WINE ENTHUSIAST 92 - JEB DUNNUCK 90-92- JOSH RAYNOLDS 90 - JAMES SUCKLING 90 - JANCIS ROBINSON 15.5/20 - WINE SPECTATOR 92 - GUIDE HACHETTE 1 étoile - BETTANE + DESSEAUVE 15/20
Vint.2015 : PARKER 90-92 (Jeb Dunnuck) 89 (Joe Czerwinski) - JOSH RAYNOLDS 90-92