The Exquisite Brotte – Domaine Barville “Roussanne” 2019
A Captivating Journey through Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s Finest
Behold the magnificence of Brotte – Domaine Barville “Roussanne,” an exceptional wine that encapsulates the essence of the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape region in the Rhone Valley, France. Crafted with meticulous care by the esteemed Brotte family, this Blanc 2019 vintage is a testament to their unwavering commitment to producing wines of unparalleled quality and distinction. Prepare to embark on a sensory adventure filled with captivating flavors, alluring aromas, and a legacy that spans generations.
Unveiling the Terroir: A Harmonious Blend of Nature’s Gifts
The West Side of Châteauneuf-du-Pape: A Cradle of Excellence
Deep within the heart of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, in the Rhone Valley of France, lies the prestigious Domaine Barville. With roots reaching back to their ancestors, the Barville family, Laurent Brotte nurtures this 15-hectare vineyard, carefully tending to its seven remarkable parcels. Nestled within two of the region’s finest areas, the vineyards of Domaine Barville boast a diverse terroir that imparts a unique character to the wines.
Pradel: Clay and Pebbles Unite
Among the vineyards lies “Pradel,” where clay and pebbles harmonize beneath the vines’ roots. This soil composition lends depth and complexity to the grapes, as the earth’s embrace infuses the wine with remarkable structure and richness.
Beaurenard: Shattered Limestone Unleashes Elegance
In the shadows of the vineyard, “Beaurenard” reveals its secrets. Here, shattered limestone abounds, bestowing finesse and elegance upon the wine. The vines, with an average age of 35 years, bask in the southern sun, reaching an elevation of 100 meters above the mesmerizing Rhône River. This elevated position, coupled with the renowned Mistral wind, creates a microclimate that nurtures the vineyard, ensuring the berries ripen to perfection.
Embracing the Grape Variety: Roussanne, the Epitome of Distinction
A Radiant Hue with Golden Highlights
Brotte – Domaine Barville “Roussanne” enchants the eye with its bright golden hue, punctuated by glistening highlights. Like the golden rays of the Provençal sun, this wine emanates warmth and allure, setting the stage for an unforgettable tasting experience.
A Symphony of Aromas: A Journey through Stone Fruits and Hazelnut
As the wine gracefully swirls within the glass, delicate and complex aromas emerge, painting a vivid olfactory canvas. Succulent summer stone fruits, dancing alongside dried apricots, captivate the senses, while in the background, a subtly caramelized, buttery hazelnut aroma adds a touch of irresistible decadence.
A Tapestry of Flavors: A Harmonious Melody of Fruits and Brioche
Upon the first sip, the front palate reveals a full-bodied richness, enveloping the taste buds in a symphony of flavors. Fresh apple, juicy peach, and luscious apricot intertwine effortlessly, accompanied by hints of vanilla and the enticing aroma of freshly baked brioche. This ensemble of tastes dances across the palate, creating a truly enchanting experience.
A Finale of Elegance: Remarkable Length and Ageing Potential
As the tasting journey comes to a close, Brotte – Domaine Barville “Roussanne” leaves a lasting impression. Its elegant finish lingers, inviting contemplation and reflection. The wine’s remarkable length testifies to its exceptional quality, while hinting at its incredible potential for ageing. With each passing year, this wine’s depth and character will evolve, revealing new dimensions and rewarding those who patiently await its maturation.
Crafting Excellence: The Art of Wine Making at Domaine Barville
The Exclusive Cuvée: A Jewel Cultivated with Utmost Care
The Brotte family selects only the finest grapes for the exclusive cuvée of Brotte – Domaine Barville “Roussanne.” Cultivated within a mere 0.65-hectare vineyard area, this jewel of a wine represents the pinnacle of their winemaking prowess. Every step of its creation is executed with meticulous precision, ensuring that the wine’s true character shines through.
The Harvest: A Symphony of Handpicked Grapes
At the break of dawn, when the world still slumbers, skilled hands carefully pluck the grapes from the vines, ensuring they reach full maturity. This labor of love ensures that each berry carries the essence of the vineyard, preserving its unique terroir and flavors.
Gentle Pressing: Preserving the Essence of Perfection
Once harvested, the grapes undergo a gentle pneumatic pressing, extracting their precious juice with the utmost care. This gentle approach preserves the delicate nuances and vibrant characteristics that define Brotte – Domaine Barville “Roussanne.”
A Dance with Oak: Ageing and Maturation
The juice settles gracefully before embarking on a transformative journey within new French oak barrels. For eight months, the wine matures on lees, embracing the wisdom and complexity imparted by the wood. Regular stirring awakens the wine’s full potential, creating a symphony of flavors and textures that captivate the senses.
A Culmination of Expertise: Blending and Bottling
With the arrival of March, the artistry of blending takes center stage. The Brotte family masterfully combines the different components of Brotte – Domaine Barville “Roussanne,” each contributing its unique character to the final composition. Finally, in April, the wine is bottled, a testament to the culmination of knowledge, skill, and dedication that defines Domaine Barville.
A Testament to Tradition and Excellence
Brotte – Domaine Barville “Roussanne” 2019: An Unforgettable Experience
In every bottle of Brotte – Domaine Barville “Roussanne” 2019, one discovers more than just a wine. It is a journey through time, a celebration of the rich heritage and terroir of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. From the meticulous vineyard care to the artistry of winemaking, the Brotte family pours their heart and soul into every aspect, ensuring that each sip is an unforgettable experience. Raise your glass, indulge your senses, and be transported to the sun-kissed vineyards of Domaine Barville, where tradition and excellence intertwine in perfect harmony.
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.
Bright with golden highlights.
Complex and aromatic with summer stone fruits and dried apricots developing into notes of delicately caramelized buttery hazelnut.
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.