Domain description :
The field BAROU is a family business located in the northern part of the Côtes Rhône.Dès 1971 Alexis BAROU, then head of this little operation mixed farming, takes the risk of opting for total conversion to agriculture Biological. In 1997, after studying viticulture and oenology in Orange and Avignon, Emmanuel took over the family torch and more oriented towards exploitation arboriculture and especially viticulture. This specialization results in the planting of new plots in AOC Saint-Joseph and Condrieu AOC, and the construction of an old building with cellar of effective technological means now unique winemaking, livestock and wine storage and customer reception. Since 2006, Marie-Agnes, wife of Emmanuel joined the operation to primarily invest in product marketing and administrative management of the area.
Description of the appellation :
Since 1937, the wines produced in the Rhône Valley are defined by the AOC Côtes du Rhône. Consists of several municipal and local AOC, this appellation produces red wines, dry whites and rosés and covers 42,000 hectares dotting 6 departments (Rhône, Gard, Ardèche, Vaucluse, Loire Drôme) and 171 municipalities. The total annual production of this AOC is over 2 200 000 hectoliters most of which comes from the southernmost vineyard. The vineyard has a more Mediterranean climate made of sun, warm temperatures, seasonal rains and Mistral. The main variety of red wines and rosé is Grenache (it covers at least 40% of the surface). Syrah is also needed in the southern area.
Description of the region :
Second wine region in France after Bordeaux, the Rhone region is one of the oldest in the country. The vineyard is divided into two zones: the northern Rhone Valley and the southern Rhone valley. Other areas furthest part of the region: Vivarais Luberon, through the Diois. The Bordeaux region can produce red, white and rosé, of all kinds: dry, soft, natural and sparkling. However, the red wines are produced in this region (representing 80% of production). At the heart of the southern area is the Grenache grape that made the red wines "solar". However, the vagaries of climate forcing growers to use the assembly technique to balance their wines. Some additional varieties: Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Carignan. For white wines, the grape varieties used are: bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, piquepoul, Maccabeo, Marsanne, Vermentino or Picardan. Rosé wines from the same grape varieties as the red wines. In the northern area, for red wines, the syrah grape variety predominates. For white wines, the grape varieties used are: Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. The designations are the Rhone region are numerous: Cote du Rhone, Cotes du Rhone-Villages, communal AOC (Condrieu, lirac, Côte-Rôtie, Chateauneuf du Pape, etc.) and AOC independent (luberon, ventoux, grignan les adhémar ...).