2005 Domaine la Barroche Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Pure ( Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Domaine la Barroche Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Currently, Domaine la Barroche owns 15 hectares of Chateauneuf du Pape vineyards on stony, sandy terroir, dedicated to the production of red wine. While their best terroir is sand and rock covered soil, you also find limestone and even red clay and iron enriched sandstone.
Some of their best terroir is a parcel of vines located next to Rayas. Most of their vineyards are situated in the northern part of the appellation. They have old vines which average more than 70 years of age. However, they have very old vines as well. In fact, some of which are more than 100 years age! While Grenache is of course their primary grape planted, they have have smaller plantings of Mourvedre, Syrah, Cinsault, Clairette Blanche, Vaccarese, Terret Noir and Clairette Rose.
In 2015, Domaine la Barroche completed a massive renovation and modernization of all their cellars and wine making facilities including adding new, conical shaped concrete vats for fermentation. The estate partially destems their grapes and most of the aging takes place in foudres.
At Domaine la Barroche, the fruit is sorted in the vineyards and again at the cellars before being cold macerated, prior to harvest. The wine is aged in concrete vats, small barrels or large foudres. The grape variety determines which vessel is used. One of the first improvements at the estate Julien Barrot requested was the addition of three new vats that would allow for the fermentation process to take place based on specific parcels or grape varieties.
The best vintages for Domaine la Barroche are: 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2003.
Domaine la Barroche has added and removed from their lineup of wines produced at the estate since 2003. By 2006 they were releasing 4 different wines. That is no longer the case. Starting with the 2012 vintage. Domaine la Barroche produces 2 red Chateauneuf du Pape wines.
Domaine la Barroche Cuvee Pure - Produced from 100% old vine Grenache from sandy soils in the Grand Pierre and Pointu lieux-dits, with vines planted back in 1901. The vines are quite close to Rayas. The grapes are partially destemmed. The vinification is conducted in concrete vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. The wine is aged one, large, old oak foudre for about 16 months before bottling. This can be quite difficult to find as less than 300 cases per year are produced. For some reason, at least with the 2007 vintage, two separate bottling's were produced, one was filtered and the other was unfiltered. There is no way to tell which you're buying.
Domaine la Barroche Signature, produced from a blend that varies from 65% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 15% Syrah and a portion of Cinsault, along with various allowable grape varieties. The partially destemmed grapes for this wine come from vines that vary in age from 18 years of age up to 100 years in age. La Barroche Signature is aged in a combination of foudres and stainless steel vats.
Serving and Decanting Domaine la Barroche with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Domaine la Barroche is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for an hour so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Domaine la Barroche is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Domaine la Barroche is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
The following two wines from Domaine la Barroche are no longer in production.
Domaine la Barroche Terroir, produced from young vines, made from 95% Grenache. The vines are among the youngest of their holdings, belonging to Barroche as they are between 15 to 20 years of age. The production averages 1,750 cases per vintage. 2010 was the final vintage.
Domaine la Barroche Cuvee Fiancee - Made from 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah, the vines range in age from as young as 25 years, to as old as more than 100 years of age. The old vine Grenache comes from the Terres Blanches vineyard and the Syrah is planted in the Cabrieres lieu-dit. The wine is aged for 18 months, give or take, in large, oak barrels. The production is quite small, with an average of only 350 cases per vintage.