Domaine Lucien Barrot Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Wine, Complete Guide

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Everything about Domaine Lucien Barrot Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone wine producer profile with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairing tips, best vintages, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews and images. If you want to read about other important wineries and wine makers from the Rhone valley: Links to all Rhone Valley Wine Producer Profiles

Domaine Lucien Barrot History, Overview

Domaine Lucien Barrot is a relatively new estate in the Rhone Valley. The winery was not founded until 1975. But that does not change the fact that the Barrot family is one of the older families in the Southern Rhone Valley as they can date their arrival in the region all the way back to 1690! The vineyard for what we know of today as Domaine Lucien Barrot came into being after Eugene Gabriel passed away and divided his 5 hectares of vines equally, between his four sons.

At first, the wine was sold under the name of Cuvee du Tastevin. A lawsuit was filed by Clos Vougeot from Burgundy, forcing Lucien Barrot to change the name, and Domaine Lucien Barrot was born. Today, the estate is managed by Regis Barrot.

Domaine Lucien Barrot Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking

Domaine Lucien Barrot owns 16 hectares of vines in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. The vines are placed in 24 different parcels dispersed throughout the appellation. This can be a challenge to blend, with so many different terroirs and levels of ripeness for the grapes. They also own 2 more hectares of vines that are sold as Vin de Pays.

Domaine Lucien Barrot produces 1 red Chateauneuf du Pape wine.

Domaine Lucien Barrot Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge is made from a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Cinsault and 5% Mourvedre. On average, the vines are close to 50 years of age. The terroir is galets and limestone soils in the Colombis, Deves d’Estouard, le Font du Pape, Pignan and les Terres Blanches lieux-dits. The wine remains quite traditional in style. It’s definitely a throwback to the old days. There is nothing modern about the wines style. The grapes are not destemmed, they are completely whole bunch fermented, meaning that the grapes are fermented with the stems still attached. Vinification takes place in old, cement vats. The wine is aged for 12, 24 or 36 months in large, old foudres before bottling. Bottling does not always take place at the same time. Wines can be bottled on demand, as the wines are sold, or they can be bottled when they are released. This can cause bottle variation in the wines of Lucien Barrot.

On average, the annual production for Domaine Lucien Barrot is close to 5,000 cases per vintage.

Serving and Decanting Lucien Barrot with Wine, Food Pairing Tips

Lucien Barrot 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 1 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. Lucien Barrot is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed dishes, sausage and cassoulet. Lucien Barrot is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.

Domaine Lucien Barrot et Fils Wine Tasting Notes

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2015Domaine Lucien Barrot et Fils  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)87 pts

Medium bodied, forward and fresh, with sweet, spicy, red fruits that were made for early, charming, drinking pleasure.

87 points - Tasted
2010Domaine Lucien Barrot et Fils  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)89 pts

Forward, medium bodied, with fresh, sweet, spicy, peppery, red fruits and soft textures. This is already drinking well and will not make old bones.

89 points - Tasted
2007Domaine Lucien Barrot et Fils  (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)87 pts

Medium bodied, fully mature, rustic, but still charming and focused on its bright red fruits, herbs and earth.

87 points - Tasted