Brotte Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine Barville red 2016
VARIETIES : Grenache , Syrah, Mourvèdre
YIELD : 30 hl/ha
NUMBER OF BOTTLES : 30 000 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 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. A very warm climate and south facing position are ideal for perfect maturation and concentration 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.
“Powerful and Silky”
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 :
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 : 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 : JEB DUNNUCK 91-93 – JANCIS ROBINSON 15/20
Vint. 2016 : WINE SPECTATOR 93 - JEB DUNNUCK 93 - PARKER 92 - WINE ENTHUSIAST 92 - JOSH RAYNOLDS 91 - JAMES SUCKLING 90 - JANCIS ROBINSON 16.5/20
Vint. 2015 : PARKER 91-93 (Jeb Dunnuck) 89 (Joe Czerwinski) - JOSH RAYNOLDS 92-94 - JANCIS ROBINSON 16.5/20 – WINE SPECTATOR 90 - WINE ENTHUSIAST 93
Vint. 2014 : PARKER 89 - GAULT & MILLAU 14.5/20 - JOSH RAYNOLDS 89-91 - DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2016 Silver Medal 17.25 (90) – WINE SPECTATOR 90