Brotte Les Hauts de Barville Chateauneuf du Pape 2015
Domaine Barville is Laurent Brotte’s family estate. The 15 hectare 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 100 meters, 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.
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 aging and a light filtering.
'This firm continues to dramatically improve the quality of its wines since Laurent Brotte, the grandson of the founder, Charles Brotte, took over management in 2000. Additionally, the brilliant Philippe Cambie is the consultant.' Wine Advocate
|Region||France, Rhone, Chateauneuf-du-Pape|
Wine SpectatorLovely, with crushed plum and raspberry fruit that is ripe but fresh and racy in feel, lined with subtle violet, garrigue and singed apple wood notes. Shows a mouthwatering swath of tobacco and warm stone accents through the finish. Best from 2020 through 2030. 6,670 cases made, 2,540 cases imported