Vin de France "Liberty"

2016

2015 was the first vintage of this new project that Julien made with friend Yannick Alliaud. They found a very old-vine parcel located at 125 meters above sea-level in Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, planted just after WWII. The soils very similar to La Crau in Châteauneuf-du-Pape: layers of sand, clay, and the famous galets stones found in Châteauneuf.  In addition, the vines are goblet-trained, which protects the fruit from the sun.  

A strict sorting ensured the best fruit from this already low-yielding parcel. The wine was made in the old gravity-fed cellar built in 1930, with cement tanks built into the floor.  The wine spent four weeks on the skins with ripe whole clusters and then aged in old foudres and some new demi-muids for 18 months. Bottled without fining or filtration. 

91 points
"In only its second vintage, Barroche's 2016 Liberty Vin de France is a terrific wine, produced from a patch of 65-year-old vines in Côtes du Rhône and some declassified Châteauneuf-du-Pape. After spending 20 months in foudres and demi-muids, it was bottled less than a month before my visit. It's medium to full-bodied, intense, firm and spicy, with herbal notes from the bit of Carignan in the blend, pinches of black pepper and cinnamon and crunchy red fruit. There are 1,250 cases of this wine, which is right up there with some of the better Côte du Rhônes and lesser Châteauneufs on the market, but it sells for around $30."
Joe Czerwinski,
Wine Advocate
, August 2018

SKU/Code: 
DB8550-16
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Grenache