Originating from the purchase of land in the north-east of section of Chateauneuf in 1703, Domaine de Barroche has been handed down from father to son ever since.
In the 1970s Christian Barrot came to run the estate and did so with great care, bottling some wine himself but mostly selling wine in bulk to the negotiant houses to the north. Since the early 2000’s, brother and sister team of Julien and Laetitia Barrot have focused on identifying the particular qualities of each plot within the estate’s 15 hectares of vines which has resulted in the bottling of various cuvees with their own distinct character. The tete de cuvee Julien Barrot, the 100% Grenache cuvee Pure – also expressed in a white version from Clairette – the Grenache/Syrah blend Fiancee and the Liberty cuvee, an old vine bottling sourced from grapes just outside the Chateauneuf Appellation, labelled as vin de France.
A new winery came into operation in 2015. Vinifiaction follows a cold soak and takes place in cement tanks with pump overs and then, as is common in the region, the wine is aged in vessels dependent on grape type – foudres for the Grenache, second and third pass barrels for the Mourvedre and Syrah and stainless steel for the Cinsault.
I was able to taste two releases from Julien Barrot. Looking first at his 2020 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Julien Barrot which is a blend of 60% Grenache 19% Mourvedre 13% Syrah and a handful of other varieties it sports a deeper purple hue to go with a fabulous bouquet of kirsch and blackberry fruits as well as licorice crushed stone licorice and ground pepper. It shines for its balance and elegance on the palate but still brings substantial fruit as well as structure. It's a thrilling wine that will benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for two decades in cold cellars.jd
A bold extroverted spicy red bursting with cherry red currant and subtle cigar box. Delivers a pronounced thread of graphite that gives shape to the lush palate with elegant but present tannins holding firm on the pepper- and spice-dusted finish. Grenache Syrah and Mourvèdre. Best from 2024 through 235. ?K.B.