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The first traces of the Barrot family, originally cartwrights by trade, go back to the 14th century, when the Popes resided in Avignon. Since 1690 a part of the family has been installed in Châteauneuf-du-Pape as wine growers. This is reflected in their very traditional approach to wine making. The estate is a classic example of how good use has been made of time warn traditions to produce one of the finest wines of the appellation. Like many of the older Domaines, the vineyards are split up in small parcels dotted all over the appellation. In this way, serious damage from hail and frost is often localised, sparing many of the holdings. The wines are kept in large "foudres" or oak casks until bottling as they are required. This is an
old practice in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and means that frequently wines of up to 4 years old are still in cask. As they mature, they became more mellow and complex. Tasting in this environment is a wonderful experience. Sampling from cask to cask is an education in the complexities and flavors of great Châteauneuf-du-Pape.