Vinous Domaine La Barroche, 2012 Barroche Châteauneuf-du-Pape Signature
"Deep ruby. Heady spice-accented blackberry and cherry aromas are complicated by suave floral and spice qualities, with white peer and licorice nuances emering with air. Seamless, broad and sweet in the mouth, offering sikly black and blue fruit preserve flavors and a hint of allspice. CLoses juicy and long, with slow-building tannins and lingering spiciness. -JR" –Dec 2015
Wine Spectator Domaine La Barroche, 2012 Barroche Châteauneuf-du-Pape Signature
"The direct black currant and fig paste notes are underscored with tobacco, tar and roasted alder hints, revealing an echo of Black Forest cake. The finish rumbles along, leaving a dark, slightly muscular feel. Best from 2015 through 2027. -JM"
Wine Advocate Domaine La Barroche, 2012 Barroche Châteauneuf-du-Pape Signature
"The 2012s Châteauneuf du Pape Signature is a seamless, graceful red that has pretty kirsch, blackberry, spice and garrigue to go with a forward, supple style on the palate. Made from 65% Grenache, 16% Mourvedre, 13% Syrah and 6% other permitted varieties, it has sweet tannin, a light, clean texture and keeps you coming back for another drink. Enjoy it over the coming decade. -JD" –Dec 2015
Blend of around 65% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 10%-15% Syrah with the remainder being other allowed grape varieties within the appellation from vines averaging 70-years-old.
Vines grow in a diversity of soils with a high proportion of sand. Rigorous bud pruning, green harvesting and leaf thinning are done in the vineyard. Grapes are hand-picked with sorting in the vineyard and again in the cellar.
Vinification takes place in underground concrete vats. Fruit is partially destemmed and fermented in concrete tank. The wine stays on the skins for over 4 weeks with gentle extraction. The Grenache is aged in old oak casks. The Mourvèdre and Syrah age on lies in 600 L used barrels (1- to 3-year-old). The Cinsault ages in stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged for approximately 18 months and not filtered before bottling. (20,000 bts)
Nice spring with cool temperatures and little rain. The dry, hot summer sees rain at the end of the summer which avoids a long water stress. Grapes are harvested late at perfect maturity.