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.
‘Le Combard’ is ready to drink now. It is wonderfully fragrant with red fruits and silky tannins of the best Côte-Rôtie. While delicious now, it will gain even greater complexity with a little more time in bottle.
"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 Côte Rôtie." 96 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Domaine Barge Cote-Rotie 'le Combard' 2016