Domaine Julien Barge Cote Rotie Le Combard 2016
Syrah Blends | France
About The Producer
Grape growers since 1860, Jules Barge became the first in Côte Rôtie to sell domaine-bottled wines in 1929. Today Gilles Barge runs an almost 20 acre estate and is the President of the Cote Rotie Growers Syndicat. He is a staunch traditionalist, utilizing 100% stem inclusion, neutral demi muids and creates wines that require some bottle age to really blossom, but that will age for decades with ease. Interestingly, Gilles was the first in his family to begin to bottle Cote Brune as a separate expression (a proper Cote Rotie of the time was a blend of Cote Brune and Cote Blonde), which at the time was quite a pioneering decision. In 2009, he went a step further bottling a single vineyard, Le Combard for the first time. Today, Gilles son Julien has taken over the reigns which is now dubbed Julien Barge.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Barge's 2016 Cote Rotie le Combard is one of the stars of the vintage, delivering violets and herbal tea on the nose, black cherry fruit on the palate and a kaleidoscopic blend of them all on the finish. It's medium to full-bodied, supple and creamy in texture and, simply put, a must-purchase for lovers of C?te R?tie.