Domaine Barville Optimum 2010 – Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France

Jul 3, 2013 by

Domaine Barville Optimum 2010 – Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the most famous appellation in the southern Rhone and unfortunately the most variable in quality. According to the Larousse du Vin, the first founder of this appellation was Jospeh Ducos. He is responsible for the presence of ten of the thirteen grape varieties permitted. The wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape was quite different from what we know today where Grenache is predominant. By that time, Grenache and Cinsault couldn’t exceed 20%; Syrah, Mourvedre, Muscardin and Camarèse should compose 40% of the blend while 30% was reserved for Counoise and Picpoul. This is also him, as mayor, who changed the name of the municipality of Châteauneuf Calcernier by the name that we know today as Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

It is in this region of the southern Rhone Valley where Grenache has the best expression. The type of soil and climate allow it to generate full-bodied wine with a spicy and fruity aromatic structure. Some wineries do not have the best terroir for Grenache and this is particularly the case for Château Beaucastel where the proportion of Grenache is less important. Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cinsault and other varieties (including some white grapes varieties) complete the blend.

Maison Brotte, was founded in 1931 in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This winery stood out in 1952 when its iconic wine “La Fiole du Pape” was released. Domaine Barville 2010 is one of their premium wine. It has a light to medium garnet  color with wonderfully black fruits, dried fruits, herbs such as rosemary and vanilla aromas. We also distinguish some subtle notes of tobacco, mint and floral notes as well. On the palate, the tannins are present but supple with a long finish. The acidity in this wine provides a nice balance. It’s very good to drink now or within two or four years. It would fit perfectly with a braised leg of lamb.

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