Brotte Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Barville "Roussanne" white 2017
VARIETIES : Roussanne
YIELD : 30 hl/ha
NUMBER OF BOTTLES: 2 600 b
HISTORY AND VINEYARD :
Domaine Barville is Laurent Brotte’s family estate, in the name of ancestors, the Barville. The 15ha vineyard is situated on the west side of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and is composed of seven parcels. The vineyards are spread over two of the best areas of the appellation: Clay and pebbles in ‘Pradel’ and shattered limestone in ‘Beaurenard’. The vines have an average age of 35 years and at an elevation of 100m, dominate the Rhône River which, along with the local wind “The Mistral“, brings an exceptional healthy microclimate. A very warm climate and the south facing position are ideal for perfect maturation and concentration of the berries.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION :
This exclusive cuvee is cultivated from a vineyard area of only 0.65ha (1.6 acres). The fruit is harvested at full maturity and entirely by hand very early in the morning. De-stemming and gentle pneumatic pressing follow. The juice is left to settle, and then ferments two weeks in new French oak barrels in which ageing takes place during 8 months, on lees , and with regular stirring. Blending takes place in March and bottling in the course of April.
“Outstandingly Complex and Round”
Colour – Bright with golden highlights.
Nose – Complex and aromatic with summer stone fruits and dried apricots developing into notes of delicately caramelized buttery hazelnut.
Palate – The front palate is full and rich with intermingling notes of fresh fruits (apple, peach , apricot), vanilla and freshly baked brioche. The finish is elegant and has remarkable length. Excellent ageing potential.
FOOD AND WINE MATCHING :
Serve at 13 °C.
Enjoy with smoked salmon and white asparagus, brandade de morue, grilled lobster, warm goat’s cheese salad or for dessert with tarte tatin (apple pie).
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 92 – WINE SPECTATOR 92 – JANCIS ROBINSON 17/20
Vint. 2016 : WINE SPECTATOR 93 - JEB DUNNUCK 93 – PARKER 86 – JANCIS ROBINSON 16/20
Vint.2015 : WINE SPECTATOR 92 - BETTANE & DESSEAUVE 14/20 - PARKER 91 - THE WORLD OF FINE WINE 89