DOMAINE LA BARROCHE, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Domaine la Barroche is one of the new superstars of the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation. The modern era began in 1972 when the Barrot family, headed by Christian Barrot, began expanding its vineyard holdings. Another important step came in 2002 when Julien Barrot, son of Christian, joined the business and from 2003 observers started to take notice when Julien began fermenting specific grape parcels separately, based on grape variety or the particular site where grapes were grown.
Julien was soon joined in managing the site by his sister, Laetitia. In 2015 a major renovation and modernization of cellars and winemaking facilities included the addition of new, cone-shaped concrete vats. Domaine la Barroche owns 15.5 hectares of vineyards on stony, sandy terroir, primarily Grenache, including some very old vines, one parcel next to Rayas. Fruit is sorted in the vineyards and again at the cellars before being cold macerated. A portion of the Grenache may be whole cluster vinified. Wines are aged in concrete vats, small barrels or large oak foudres.