In the WineAccess Buyers Guide, Steven Tanzer describes the wines of Chateauneuf du Pape as "one of the hottest categories of the new millennium." While vineyards in this appellation rarely switch hands, occasionally there is a changing of the guards. In the case of Julien Barrot's Domaine La Barroche, this injection of new blood has been the source of genuine excitement among Chateaneuf enthusiasts.
Domaine La Barroche typically releases just three bottlings to the American market. While all have received tremendous international attention, the 110 year old vine "Pure" bottling has taken the appellation by storm (Robert Parker rated the 2005 Pure with 100 points!). This year, Julien came out with this new bottling, called "Terroir," and offered it only to WineAccess for the US. Made entirely from younger vine Grenache (average 30 years of age), this is Julien's 'entry level' Chateauneuf, a wine that emphasizes the bright, spicy red fruit aromas of the Grenache.
The ripe flavors of this young vine Grenache will pair perfectly with grilled salmon or tuna this summer or with lamb chops in the fall. Remember to serve at cellar temperature.