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.
The steep vineyards mean all of the grapes are hand harvested. Their Côte-Rôtie contains a little Viognier, with 8% in ‘Le Combard.’ 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.
From a small, low yielding vineyard planted on gneiss and Galets Roulés soils, which produces small and concentrated fruit. Fragrant with red fruits and beautifully balanced by good acidity and silky tannins, ‘Le Combard’ is ready to drink now.
Domaine Barge Cote-Rotie 'le Combard' 2014
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