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The June 2019 Internet-Only Auction Part 3

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Auction Ends: 6/20/2019 6:00:00 PM PDT

Lot #233. Gilles Barge Côte-Rôtie 1987

Description: Consists of 2 Bottles, 0.75L
Score: . RWC.
"But in 1979, Gilles Barge joined his father, inspired by the commercial success of his father’s great 1976 Côte Rôtie. He had already attended enology school—the first son of Ampuis to do so—and he had worked for a wine merchant in Ampuis for a few years. It was the perfect preparation for a skillful innovator: a young man steeped in his family’s traditional ideals, but with technical training and the experience of the marketplace. From the time he joined his father until he took over in 1994, Gilles had the time (and intelligence) to chart the domaine’s future. He saw it as essentially traditionalist, with a heavy emphasis on whole-cluster fermentation and the use of mostly neutral, old barrels, especially demi-muids, for aging. But Gilles has also saw opportunities to improve on the Old School’s ways. He reduced the use of sulfur (long before it became fashionable to do so) and he eliminated fining and filtration. He even conceived a way to continue practicing classic submerged cap fermentation in a temperature-controlled tank And perhaps most importantly, he reorganized the domaine’s wines, creating two highly expressive and unique single-vineyard cuvées, plus a blended wine that in itself is a masterpiece of typicity. Today, nearly 90 years after it began to sell its own domaine-bottled wines, Barge is one of Côte Rôtie’s standard-bearers of traditionalism, with Gilles’ son, Julien, next in line to continue his family’s important legacy." The Rare Wine Co., RareWineCo.com
Notes: 3cm, 1 Handwritten notation on capsule, nicked labels.
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $300


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