The Barrot Chateauneuf-du-Pape is often considered as one of the purest and most traditional of the Appellation. His wines do indeed have very good definition. On the nose they show aromas of cedar, leather and an abundance of rich smoky fruit. On the palate the texture is wonderfully smooth and intense ... again, with massive fruit and classic Chateauneuf-du-Pape flavours that are enhanced by a certain decadent richness that makes these wines especially appealing. The strong emphasis on Grenache has much to do with the style of these wines which have the added appeal of being ready to drink young but also have the potential to age at least 10 years.
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2010 BARROT LUCIEN CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE
"Deep ruby. Musky, spice- and herb-accented aromas of cherry and cassis, with a smoky nuance in the background. Broad and fleshy on entry, then firmer in the middle, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors and chewy texture. Gains sweetness with air and finishes very long, with chewy tannins and lingering anise and cherry notes." Josh Raynolds Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 90 (+?) points
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|The first traces of the Barrot family, originally cartwrights by trade, go back to the 14th century, when the Popes resided in Avignon. Since 1690 a part of the family has been installed in Chateauneuf-du-Pape as wine growers. This is reflected in their very traditional approach to wine making. The estate is a classic example of how good use has been made of time warn traditions to produce one of the finest wines of the appellation. Like many of the older
Domaines, the vineyards are split up in small parcels dotted all over the appellation. In this way, serious damage from hail and frost is often localised, sparing many of the holdings.
The wines are kept in large ”foudres” or oak casks until bottling as they are required. This is an old practice in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and means that frequently wines of up to 4 years old are still in cask. As they mature, they became more mellow and complex. Tasting in this
environment is a wonderful experience. Sampling from cask to cask is an education in the complexities and flavours of great Chateauneuf-du-Pape.