Domaine Barville red 2012
VARIETIES : Grenache , Syrah, Mourvèdre
YIELD : 30 hl/ha
NUMBER OF BOTTLES / ALCOHOL D° : 30 000 b. – 14.5%vol
HISTORY AND VINEYARD :
Domaine Barville is Laurent Brotte’s family estate. The 15ha vineyard is situated on the west side of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and is composed of 7 parcels spread over two of the best areas of the appellation: Clay and pebbles at ‘Pradel’ and shattered limestone at ‘Beaurenard’. The vines have an average age of 35 years and, at an elevation of 100m, dominate the Rhône River which, with the local wind ‘The Mistral’, brings an exceptional healthy microclimate. Its south facing position is ideal for perfect maturation of the berries.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION :
Sustainable viticulture, de-budding, de-leafing and green harvest to limit the yield and increase the quality. Hand-picking into small cases and fast transportation to the winery to avoid berries’ crushing and oxidation. Desteming, gentle crushing. Fermentation at 28°C, followed by a 3 week maceration. The tannic Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre are aged in French oak barrels (1/3 new, 1/3 one wine, 1/3 two wines), while the softer Grenache is matured in concrete vats and 100 year old oak vats to preserve the fruit. Bottling takes place in March, after more than a year of ageing and a light filtering.
Colour – Ruby with purple glints.
Nose – Typical of its terroir with a nose of spices, black pepper, lavender, black cherries and blackberries.
Palate – Elegant and powerful, with a distinctive velvety palate showing red fruits and spellbinding notes of garrigue. This cuvée is a pleasure to drink and will reward the most patient wine lover.
FOOD AND WINE MATCHING :
Serve at 17 °C. Open 4 hours in advance.
Enjoy with powerful dishes such as Daube Provençale with black olives, BBQ steak with béarnaise sauce, black truffle and foie gras parcels or melting chocolate puddings.
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. 2012: PARKER 91-93+ – JANCIS ROBINSON 16/20 - JOSH RAYNOLD’S 90 - GUIDE HACHETTE DES VINS 1 étoile - BETTANE & DESSEAUVE 14.5/20 - GAULT & MILLAU 16/20 - WINE SPECTATOR 91