Variety: 100% Clairette
Country, Region: France, Rhone Valley
Just 12 bottles for Australia. Made from 100% Clairette grown in the lieu-dit of Les Pialons located in the north-east of the appellation in iron-rich sandy soil of marine origin with limestone beneath. This gives a wine with a great deal of freshness and extremely refined aromas with an elegant silky mouthfeel. Aged for 15 months on lees in demi-muid barrels. The resulting wine is fresh with great elegance yet also texture and great length and depth to the palate. This will surprise with its ageing capacity yet is so approachable already.
”Fine yellow robe; There is a grapey insistence, oak toasting and aniseed, infused tea such as tilleul (linden), on the nose, a hint of exotic fruit. The palate bears suave gras, with a steady heart of a white fruit compote, has trim length, stylish freshness. It needs time, and decanting. It will evolve and age well. There’s good foundation late on. It’s a sleeper wine. 14°. “I destemmed this year, and did a 6 hour maceration in the press.” J Barrot. 100% oak, no vat. Bottled Jan 2019. From 2024. 2040-42 Oct 2019” Drinkrhone.com, October 2019
'Layered and inviting, with creamed yellow apple, Cavaillon melon, star fruit and acacia notes layered seamlessly together. Lovely quinine and sweetened butter details line the seriously long finish. Clairette. Drink now through 2024.' 95 points Wine Spectator, February 2020.
'[Barroche] ‘Pure’ is as close to a great vintage of Rayas as one will find.' The Wine Advocate
Whilst this small estate is relatively new to estate bottling (first vintage 2003) in the list of producers of Chateauneuf, the Barrot family that owns these 12.5 hectares of Chateauneuf-du-Pape have been established in the village since about 1400. The average age of the vines at La Barroche is 60 years old and one third of the vineyards are more than 100 years old (Grenache). Most of the vineyards of the estate are located in the north and north-east of the appellation with just a few plots located close to the town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape on the southern side.
Vinification here is classic with cement tanks used for fermentation and a mixture of cement and large foudres used for elevage of the Grenache based components and smaller oak used for the ageing of Syrah and Mourvedre based components. In the cellar wine is moved by gravity and done according to the lunar calendar and weather patterns. The wines of La Barroche are modern in the best sense, clean, pure and brilliant.