Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Julien Barrot"

2018

Formerly their "Signature" bottling.

From a mix of different terroir found in Châteauneuf; yellow and red sand, red clay, large pebbles, with a high proportion of sand. The average age of the vines is more than 70 years old. The final blend is: • 62% Grenache from a plot at the junction of "Palestor" and "Bois Dauphin" districts and one at the junction of "Grand Pierre", "Rayas" and "Pointu" districts as well as "Cabrières", "Boursan" and "Pied Long" blocks • 18% Mourvèdre from "Les Mascaronnes" and "Boursan" plots• 13% Syrah from "Le Parc" and "Cabrières" plots• 5% Cinsault from "Pierre à feu" plots• 1% Vacarrese• 1% Other Rigorous bud pruning, as well as green harvesting and leaf thinning, keep yields low. The picking is entirely by hand, with sorting in the vineyard and again in the cellar. Underripe stalks are removed. The wine stays on the skins for over 4 weeks; the Grenache is aged in old oak casks, the Mourvèdre and the Syrah are aged on their lees in 600L barrels used to age 1 to 3 previous vintages, and the Cinsault is aged in stainless steel tanks. Aging lasts approximately 18 months before the wine is bottled without filtration.  “This cuvée is the one which captures the most the essence of the estate and my winegrower philosophy. My approach to wine has taken me on a quest to reveal the best of the terroir. We have made this wine with the greatest of care, taking into account the effects of both the earth and sky on the grapes and wine. While in the vineyard, we use only organic fertilizers, harvest the fruit by hand, and meticulously select our grapes. Once in the cellar, we practice gentle extraction and long, careful ageing.” —Julien Barrot

92-94 points
"Made from 100% Clairette, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Pure Blanc sports a medium gold hue as well as a terrific nose of caramelized peach, orange blossom, toasted spices, white flowers, and a kiss of background barrique. With medium-bodied richness, a layered, elegant texture, and outstanding length on the finish, it has come together nicely from barrel and can be enjoyed today or cellared for a solid 10-12 years if you’re so inclined."
Joe Czerwinski,
Wine Advocate
, August 2019
92-94 points
"Deep shimmering magenta. Ripe red and blue fruit, floral and garrigue scents, along with building licorice and baking spice notes. Smooth and fleshy on the palate, offering alluringly sweet black raspberry, cherry cola and floral pastille flavors that are sharpened by a jolt of spicy white pepper. Shows superb energy and blue-fruit-driven thrust on the clinging finish, which hangs on with strong, youthfully tannic persistenc"
Josh Raynolds,
Vinous Media
, December 2019
93 points
"The base cuvée from the young, passionate (and incredibly talented) Julien Barrot, the 2018 Châteauneuf Du Pape Cuvée Julien Barrot checks as a blend of 60% Grenache, 19% Mourvèdre, and the balance a mix of other permitted varieties. Partially destemmed and brought up in a mix of foudres, demi-muids, and a small portion in stainless steel, it has a great nose of red and black raspberries, framboise, spring flowers, and peppery garrigue. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it displays a notable sense of elegance and purity, light yet present tannins, and a great finish, all making for a terrific base cuvée that I would be happy to drink any time over the coming 10-12 years or so."
Jeb Dunnuck
, October 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB1315-18
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Grenache