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Brotte Côtes du Rhône "Esprit Barville" red 2016

VARIETIES : Majority of Grenache, Syrah

YIELD : 38hl/ha

NUMBER OF BOTTLES: 120 000 b.

 

HISTORY AND VINEYARD :

Our winemaking know-how for Châteauneuf-du-Pape expresses itself in the production of this prestigious Côtes du Rhône. The word “Barville” evokes the history of our ancestors in Châteauneuf-du-Pape since 1880. A great wine that shows character and elegance, and honors the historical grape varietal, king of the southern Rhône: Grenache.

To get the best out of Grenache, sustainable viticulture is applied, with a strict winter pruning in order to limit the yield in favor of concentration. The Grenache is  hand picked at good maturity.

 

VINIFICATION AND MATURATION :

The vinification is traditional. After a light crushing, it takes place in closed concrete tanks, during, 15 to 20 days, at 28-30°C.  Two daily pump-overs, release and lees stirring are carried our during the alcoholic fermentation. After completing its malolactic fermentation, the wine is aged in centenary oak vats as well as concrete vats for 8 to 12 months. Bottling takes place in the autumn, winter of the year following the harvest.

 

TASTING NOTES:

“Fruity and Round”

Colour  – Dark ruby with light edges.

Nose   Medium intensity with aromas of small stone fruits and delicately spicy hints of pepper, thyme and garrigue (bush land).

Palate Smooth, warming and elegant. Its aromas recall wild red fruits, dark cherries, forest floor and liquorice. The tannins are soft yet precise.

 

 FOOD AND WINE MATCHING :

Serve at 17 °C.

Enjoy with a wild mushroom omelette, beef filets, veal stew, or with a dessert of chocolate and cherry cake.

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.

 

ACCOLADES
Vint. 2016 : WINE ENTHUSIAST 89 Best Buy – Wine Spectator 86
Vint. 2015 : PARKER 88 - WINE SPECTATOR 88 - GUIDE HACHETTE DES VINS 1 star - IWC 2018 Commended – GAULT & MILLAU 15.5/20
Vint. 2014 : PARKER 88-90 - GUIDE HACHETTE DES VINS 2 étoiles - WINE SPECTATOR 84 - DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2016  Commended  15.75 (85) - IWC 2017 Bronze Medal

 

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