It is in Sarrians, Vaucluse, that from numerous years, the generations of the Barnier family follow each other on the domain. The domain counts more than 40 different varieties of grapes and 100 hectare of vines, included 14 hectares od Vacqueyras and 13 hectares of Côtes du Rhône.
-Jancis Robinson : 16/20 (Richard Hemming)
-Jeb Dunnuck : 92 « The 2018 Vacqueyras Castillon is a smoking little Vacqueyras, especially in this more challenging vintage. Revealling a deeper ruby/purple-tinged color as well as great nose of kirsch liqueur, black raspberries, toasted spices, and sweet garrigue, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, rounded, expansive mid-palate, and one heck of a good finish. Enjoy this impeccably balanced, high-quality, Provençal Vacqueyras over the coming 7-8 years. It could even evolve longer.»
FOOD AND WINE PAIRING
This wine will match very well with a stew (hare, boar…), a grilled red meat, and why not just with a cigar by the fire ?
Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre
Stony calcareous-clayey soil, with a big proportion of round smooth pebbles.
Harvesting is done by hand in late September. Winemaking is traditionnal (destemmed and crushed), then placed in a tank with two daily pumping and a double load shedding until racking. During 16 months, the wine is aged in barrels for maturation and bottled for optimum aging.
Clear dress with a garnet red color. Intense and complex nose, on cherry jelly, white pepper, vanilla and mocha. Powerful mouth with silky tannins. Nice sweetness on the finish.
Because each member of the family could bring their own will, their personnality and their know-how, having the same common passion with the whole family, the domain eventually turned to the vine and the wine.
Our activity of vine nursery extend on 50 hectares of “mother vine” of rootstock and 50 hectares of “mother vines” of graft. By this activity we assembly around 3 million vine plants that will then be planted at wine growers’ in all wine regions of France.
The first step takes place in winter, in January/February. We choose and harvest vine shoots that are then picked up in bundle. Once the rootstocks collected and carved, all the woods are then conserved in fridge to avoid their dehydration.
This is why, alongside Vacqueyras and Côtes du Rhône, you will find local wines made from a single grape variety such as Chardonnay and Muscat petits grains. You will also find blends of grape varieties such as Marselan and Caladoc in our “Aura” range.