Julien Barge Les Coteaux de Legende Cotes-du-Rhone


Julien Barge descends from a long line of Côte-Rôtie winemakers. His family have been growing grapes in the area since 1860, though it wasn’t until 1929 that Jules Barge started selling wines bottled on site. Major change came to the family business when Julien’s father, Gilles, joined his own father at the winery in 1979. Although many traditions were kept, Gilles introduced some modern techniques and standards. Unique at the time, he started bottling some wines as single-vineyard cuvées. Emphasis was made on whole-cluster fermentation and the use of neutral old barrels for aging. He was not interested in the flashier style of wines that were starting to appear in the area. An ambassador for the region and it’s wines, he was also the President of the Côte Rôtie Growers Syndicat. Under Julien’s direction the winery continues to bottle wines of utmost purity and simplicity. Using no herbicides or pesticides in the vineyard, in the cellar he takes a soft approach, intervening as little as possible, allowing the wines to fully express the complexity of Côte Rôtie.

The Les Coteaux de Legende is made from 100% Syrah grapes harvested from a 1 hectare organically farmed plot of vines surrounded on all 4 sides by Côte-Rôtie designated vineyards. The plot sits just outside of the Côte-Rôtie boundaries, so this wine is labelled as a simple Côtes du Rhône. The wine was vinified using traditional practices and aged for 14 to 18 months in 600 liter demi-muids.

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