Domaine Barge

Northern Rhône, northern rhone France

Since 1860, seven generations of the Barge family have been making wine in Ampuis. Their first bottled wine appeared in 1929. The domaine is now run by Julien, who took over from his father, Gilles.

They have a total of seven hectares in Côte-Rôtie, with three hectares in the lieu-dit ‘Le Combard’ being their latest addition in 2000. After rebuilding the stone terraces, replanting the vines and installing a monorail due to the steepness of the vineyard, the first vintage of 'Le Combard' was released in 2007. Their other single vineyard, ‘Côte Brune’, was purchased in 1954 and has vines aged between 40 to 60 years old.

The steep vineyards mean all of the grapes are hand harvested. Their Côte-Rôtie contains a little Viognier, with 8% in ‘Le Combard’ and 5% in ‘Côte Brune’. Fermentation takes place in small, temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks. The wine is then aged in 600 litre oak barrels for 24 months before it is bottled.

‘Le Combard’ is ready to drink now. It is wonderfully fragrant with red fruits and silky tannins, while ‘Côte Brune’ is more structured with black fruits and the signature pepper and spice of the best Côte-Rôtie. While delicious now, it will gain even greater complexity with a little more time in bottle.


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