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.
“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.
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