Brotte – Domaine Barville “Roussanne”, CDP, Blanc 2019, 750ml
Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone, France
Domaine Barville is Laurent Brotte’s family estate, in the name of ancestors, the Barville. The 15ha vineyard is situated on the west side of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and is composed of seven parcels. The vineyards are spread over two of the best areas of the appellation: Clay and pebbles in ‘Pradel’ and shattered limestone in ‘Beaurenard’. The vines have an average age of 35 years and at an elevation of 100m, dominate the Rhône River which, along with the local wind “The Mistral“, brings an exceptional healthy microclimate. A very warm climate and the south facing position are ideal for perfect maturation and concentration of the berries.
Colour – Bright with golden highlights.
Nose – Complex and aromatic with summer stone fruits and dried apricots developing into notes of delicately caramelized buttery hazelnut.
Palate – The front palate is full and rich with intermingling notes of fresh fruits (apple, peach , apricot), vanilla and freshly baked brioche. The finish is elegant and has remarkable length. Excellent ageing potential.
This exclusive cuvee is cultivated from a vineyard area of only 0.65ha (1.6 acres). The fruit is harvested at full maturity and entirely by hand very early in the morning. De-stemming and gentle pneumatic pressing follow. The juice is left to settle, and then ferments two weeks in new French oak barrels in which ageing takes place during 8 months, on lees , and with regular stirring. Blending takes place in March and bottling in the course of April.