Variety: 55% Grenache, 12% Mourvedre, 18% Syrah, 10% Cinsault 5% Carignan
Country, Region: France, Rhone Valley
Appellation: Vin de France (Chateauneuf de Gadagne)
‘In only its second vintage, Barroche's 2016 Liberty Vin de France is a terrific wine, produced from a patch of 65-year-old vines in Côtes du Rhône and some declassified Châteauneuf-du-Pape. After spending 20 months in foudres and demi-muids, it was bottled less than a month before my visit. It's medium to full-bodied, intense, firm and spicy, with herbal notes from the bit of Carignan in the blend, pinches of black pepper and cinnamon and crunchy red fruit. There are 1,250 cases of this wine, which is right up there with some of the better Côte du Rhônes and lesser Châteauneufs on the market, but it sells for around $30. Drink 2019-2025.’ 91 points, Joe Czerwinski, RobertParker.com, September 2018.
"[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.