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Les Hauts de Barville Chateauneuf du Pape 2015 750ML

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Product Description

In one of the most anticipated vintages since the legendary 2005 & 2007, the Chateauneuf du Pape’s from the 2015 vintage are powerhouses. A long, hot and dry growing season produced potentially great wines. Our first offering is from the large estate of Maison Brotte, who run not just the Les Hauts de Barville but another Wine Buyer favorite, La Fiole du Pape.

A traditional blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, aged in 30% new French oak barrels, they’ve hired the brilliant Philippe Cambie as their consulting winemaker. He’s made 100 point wines at Domaine Saint Prefert, Domaine Giraud & Clos Saint Jean. Two great ratings with a $20 price point and Philippe Cambie consulting, this is a great bottle to drink now to kick off the 2015 Chateauneuf campaign!

Rating
“Relatively open knit and ready to go, the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Les Hauts de Barville offers outstanding notes of cherries, spring flowers, spice and Provençal garrigue in a full-bodied, rounded, already hard to resist style. It is a killer wine to drink over the coming 4-6 years.” The Wine Advocate, 90-92 Points

“A wild, perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red berries, passion fruit and incense, while a smoky mineral flourish builds in the glass. Juicy and smooth in texture, offering appealingly sweet raspberry and cherry liqueur flavors and an exotic hint of peach pit. Fine-grained tannins shape the clinging finish, which leaves a hint of candied rose behind.” Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media 90-92 Points

Wine maker notes
The Domaine Les Hauts de Barville is Laurent Brotte’s family estate. The 15 hectare vineyard is situated on the west side of Chateauneuf du Pape, and is composed of 7 parcels spread over two of the best areas of the appellation: Clay and pebbles at Pradel, and shattered limestone at Beaurenard. The vines have an average age of 35 years and, at an elevation of 100 meters, dominate the Rhone River which, with the local Mistral winds brings an exceptional healthy micro-climate. Its south facing position is ideal for perfect maturation of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. A combination of power and balance, this is an exciting wine for the price.

Technical notes
Alcohol: 14.0%
The history of French wine, spans a period of at least 2600 years dating to the founding of Massalia in the 6th century BC by Phocaeans with the possibility that viticulture existed much earlier. The Romans did much to spread viticulture across the land they knew as Gaul, encouraging the planting of vines in areas that would become the well known wine regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace, Champagne, Languedoc, Loire Valley and the Rhone.

Over the course of its history, the French wine industry would be influenced and driven by the commercial interests of the lucrative English market and Dutch traders. Prior to the French Revolution, the Catholic Church was one of France’s largest vineyard owners-wielding considerable influence in regions such as Champagne and Burgundy where the concept of terroir first took root. Aided by these external and internal influences, the French wine industry has been the pole bearer for the world wine industry for most of its history with many of its wines considered the benchmark for their particular style. The late 20th and early 21st century brought considerable change—earmarked by a changing global market and competition from other European wine regions such as Italy and Spain as well as emerging New World wine producers such as California, Australia and South America.