Châteauneuf "Les Hts de Barville" 2015
VARIETIES : Grenache white, Clairette, Roussanne, Bourboulenc
YIELD : 35 hl/ha
NUMBER OF BOTTLES / ALCOHOL D° : 28 000 b. – 13.5%vol
HISTORY AND VINEYARD :
The appellation Châteauneuf-du-Pape is mainly reknown for its red wines. However, it also produces around 6% of whites of equally high quality. “Les Hauts de Barville” is mainly produced from our family estate Domaine Barville, located at the west of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape village. Out of the 15ha, 2.10 ha are planted with white varieties. To create a wine of great complexity, we add Bouboulenc and Clairette to our Grenache and Roussanne, through the partnership with two winegrowers who cultivate on the exceptional terroirs of Rayas.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION :
Once the fruit reaches full maturity it is hand harvested early in the day to keep temperatures low and minimize oxidation. De-stemming followed by a gentle pneumatic press. The juice is cold settled before being fermented over the course of two weeks. There is no malolactic fermentation to preserve the freshness of the final wine. Vinification and maturation is carried out for 6 months in stainless steel vats before bottling in March, April of the year following harvest.
Colour – Straw yellow with golden highlights.
Nose – White flowers and white-fleshed stone fruits evolving into notes of buttery hazelnuts. Honey hints develop over ageing.
Palate – Mouth-filling and plump with honey and fresh ripe fruits (peach, white currant). Great length with an elegant citrus finish.
FOOD AND WINE MATCHING :
Serve at 13 °C.
Serve as an aperitif or enjoy with main course salads, crusty seabass and foie gras, lobster in mild spices, roast chicken with crayfish, or with desserts of apple pie or crème caramel.
VINTAGE : 2015 : An excellent vintage. The wines have very long ageing capacity, or can be enjoyed as of today. Very well balanced, fruity, flavoursome wines, with noticeable fine tannins for the reds, spicy and aniseed finales for the whites. 2014 : Experience and anticipation of winegrowers were key that year. Red wines are fruity, very well balanced, round, with subtle tannins, and have less alcohol than average. The whites show good acidity and will reveal their character over ageing.
Vint.2015 : WINE SPECTATOR 92