Emmanuel Barou's grandfather established the family farm outside Charnas, in a remote area of the Ardèche in 1928. His goal was to create a self-sustaining farm, where the family could grow all of their own produce and raise their own animals, then sell off whatever excess they had. Later, Emmanuel's father Alexis took over the farm and continued to raise dairy cows, tend peach and apricot orchards, and grow grapes. In 1971, Alexis took the risk of a total conversion to organic farming. At the time, a market for organic produce did not exist in France, so until 1983, he continued to sell his organic produce to conventional wholesalers (and at conventional prices) despite much lower yields!
In 1997, after studying viticulture and oenology in Orange and Avignon, Emmanuel took over the family domaine and oriented the exploitation towards viticulture. This specialization resulted in the planting of new plots in AOC Saint-Joseph and AOC Condrieu, and the renovation of an old barn into a new cellar. Today, the domaine consists of 7 hectares of Vin de Pays vines on the granite soils around Charnas, and 3 hectares in nearby Limony of AOCs of Saint-Joseph and Condrieu. Since 2013, the domaine has been practicing biodynamic methods.
Rhône - North
Founded in 1971
From 35 - 50 year old vines around Charnas. 80% whole-cluster fermented and aged in 5-6 year old barrels for 9 - 12 months.
The nose is open with a mixture of fleshy yellow fruits and floral notes. The palate is well rounded and balanced with a mineral and lemony tension.
Expressive nose with notes of toasted wood and cocoa. Beautiful marriage on the palate between the wine's tannins and the woody contribution. Smooth finish with notes of caramel and hints of liquorice.
Open nose with citrus and soft woody notes. Beautiful roundness and persistence on the mid-palate and finish.
Beautiful gold color with silver highlights. Straight, delicate nose with a bouquet of white flowers. The wine is fluid and discreet, with good tension on the palate and a finish of yellow fruit and toasty notes. Lots of freshness.
The palate is fresh, with crisp red fruit and discreet tannins. An airy wine with fresh, vegetal, notes on the nose.
Intense dark burgundy color. Complex, opulent nose of black fruits. Full attack on the palate, structured mid-palate and a cocoa and liquorice finish.
The Barou's Marsanne IGP delights and surprises even the staunchest naysayers of Northern Rhône whites. It's acid, it's grace, it's passion fruit in a glass. Simply delightful.