The Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC is best known for its red wines. However, it also produces about 6% white wines of excellent quality. In order to create greater complexity and make the most of our winemaking capabilities and capacity, our Grenache and Roussanne grapes have been joined by some Bourboulencs and Clairettes from two partner winegrowers whose grapes come from the exceptional Rayas terroirs.
Appearance – Bright, deep straw yellow hue.
Nose – Very complex and discreet. In its early youth, the nose is fresh with mineral and citrus notes. After one or two years of cellar-ageing, the first nose is dominated by notes of peaches and pears and then goes on to develop exotic aromas of ripe mango and a floral touch of jasmine and rose with a hint of gunflint.
Palate – When young, the wine is fresh on entry and continues with a nice balance between roundness and acidity set off by touches of citrus and minerality. After a year of cellar-ageing, the palate becomes rounder and more elegant with greater length and fat and complex aromas of ripe yellow fruit, flowers and citrus.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, located between Orange and Avignon. The Grenaches and Roussannes come from Domaine Barville, a 15-hectare family-owned vineyard, and the Bourboulenc and Clairette grape varieties from the Rayas terroirs in the same AOC. The latter are very highly regarded.
“Les Hauts de Barville” is mainly produced on our Domaine Barville, which is located to the west of the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Of the domaine’s 15 hectares, 2.10 hectares are used for the production of white wine.
VINIFICATION & AGEING
The grapes are harvested when fully ripe and picked by hand very early in the morning to minimize the risk of oxidation. The grapes are destemmed and gently pressed (pneumatic press), then the juice is settled and fermented for two weeks. We do not carry out malolactic fermentation to preserve the purity of the fruit. The vinification and ageing processes continue for 6 months in stainless steel vats to ensure the wine will have a lovely, fresh character. The wine is bottled in the April of the year following the harvest.
Serve at 13°C
Enjoy as an aperitif or pair with a fish or scallop tartare, lobster a la plancha, trout pâté, pike soufflé, sea bass in pastry with sweet and sour sauce, skate in butter or poultry with olives. With a few years of age, the wine’s fat and breadth will make it a perfect match for poultry with morels, trout or Lyon-style quenelles.
Name: Les Hauts de Barville Blanc
Brand: Brotte – Les Crus
Classification: AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Region: Southern Rhône Valley (France)
Grape Varieties: Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne and Bourboulenc