HISTORY AND VINEYARD:
Domaine Barville is Laurent Brotte’s family estate. 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. Its south facing position is ideal for perfect maturation of the berries.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION :
This exclusive cuvee is cultivated from a vineyard area of only 0.65ha (1.6 acres). The culture is sustainable, TERRA VITIS labelled. 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.