Brotte Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Les Hauts de Barville" white 2017
VARIETIES : Majority of white Grenache
YIELD : 35 hl/ha
NUMBER OF BOTTLES: 28 000 b.
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.
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.
“Richness and Roundness”
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 : 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 : PARKER 91 - WINE ENTHUSIAST 91 - DECANTER 92
Vint. 2016 : WINE ENTHUSIAST 91 – WINE SPECTATOR 91 – PARKER 91 – JEB DUNNUCK 90 – BETTANE + DESSEAUVE 13/20 – GAULT&MILLAU 16.5/20
Vint.2015 : WINE SPECTATOR 92 – PARKER 90
Vint. 2014 : GUIDE HACHETTE DES VINS - REVUE DU VIN DE FRANCE 14/20 - WINE SPECTATOR 88 - PARKER 88 – BETTANE & DESSEAUVE 15/20