Vignobles Mousset-Barrot
Chateau des Fines Roches

Amélie Barrot and Gaëlle Maillet
Avenue du Baron-Leroy 1, 84230 Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Tel. +33 490 835 173
Direct sale: By appointment at Chateau Jas de Bressy, Route Sorgues.
(The wine shop at the Chateau des Fines Roches is owned by a family member who decide himself which wines he wants to present.)
Mail: chateaux@vmb.fr
Web: http://www.vmb.fr

   

The founder of the Mousset "empire" was Louis Mousset. In the 1930'ties he bought Chateau des Fines Roches and made it the centre of his wide spread activities. He also owned several other vineyards and domains and founded a negociantfirm named Louis Mousset (Today owned by Cellier des Dauphins)
After the death of Louis Mousset his possessions were inherited by his three children, Jacques, Guy and Catherine. The Chateau (Fines Roches) is owned by all the descendents of Louis Mousset.
Catherine who inherited the vineyards of Fines Roches and her heirs have the right to use the name as a wine brand.

Catherine Mousset married Robert Barrot and their part of the inheritage was named Vignobles Mousset-Barrot. Today it's the two daughters of Catherinne and Robert who run the firm. Gaëlle is in charge of the vineyards, Amélie takes care of the office and promotional matters. Gaëlle's husbond  Frédéric Maillet who is educated as an oenolog makes the wines in the cellar.

The vineyards of Chateau des Finesh Roches cover 53 ha. of Chateauneuf du Pape of which 48 ha. are with red varieties.
In AOC Cotes du Rhone and Cotes du Rhone Villages Vignobles Mousset-Barrot owns Chateau du Bois de la Garde with 65 ha.
In 2003 a property of 5,5 ha, Jas de Bressy, was purchased from the Trintignant family. From here a Chateauneuf du Pape quite different from Fines Roches is made.

The wines are made in a very big cellar (built in the 1970'ties), situated at Route de Bedarrides (when you turn off to Fines Roches). Here wines are made from different estates belonging to members of the Mousset family and from some other properties in Chateauneuf du Pape. When you walk along the tanks you see the producers' names on them. It's a kind of cooperative. The wines from each estate are made quite seperately.
The photos below are from these cellars.

Wines

Chateau des Fines Roches Chateauneuf du Pape 
70
% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 8% Mourvèdre, 4% Cinsault, 3% Muscardin, Counoise and Vaccarèse. The vines are in average 40-years-old
Aged for 12 months in tanks or foudres. Around 150.000 bottles.

Chateauneuf du Pape Fines Roches de Chateauneuf du Pape
Equal shares of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. From 80-years-old vines. 
Aged for at least a year in 1-3-years-old barriques or demi-muids. 6.000 bottles

Chateau des Fines Roches Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 
50% Grenache Blanc, 20% Bourboulenc, 20% Clairette and 10% Roussanne. 

Chateauneuf du Pape Jas de Bressy
80% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre. 80-years-old vines. 
Aged for 18 months in foudres or barriques.

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Jas de Bressy
50% Grenache Blanc, 50% Roussanne - 60-years-old vines.
Fermenting and ageing in 2-3-years-old barriques for 9 months (sur lies). 

Chateau Bois de la Garde Cotes du Rhone Village 
60% Grenache, 40% Syrah.

Chateau Bois de la Garde Cotes du Rhone  
65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 12% Carignan, 5% Cinsault, 2% Counoise, 1% Mourvèdre. 

Chateau Bois de la Garde Cotes du Rhone Rosé
50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Cinsault, 10% Carignan.

IGP Méditerranée
70% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 10% Syrah. 

IGP Méditerranée Rosé
50% Grenache, 50% Cinsault.

IGP Méditerranée Blanc
100% Saugvignon

Garde refers to what Bois de la Garde was used for after World War I.
It was then a place for rehabitation of veterans from the war so they wold be able to work in French agriculture.
The buildings was a farm house, and winemaking in a bigger scale has newer taken place her.


Amélie Barrot, Gaëlle (Barot) Maillet, Frédéric Maillet and little Paul Maillet
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The family at Fete de Varaison 2014.


Robert Barrot, the father of Amélie and Gaëlle, son-in-law of Louis Mousset


A big part of the rooms of the Chateau is run as a 4-star hotel and restaurant. Hostellerie du Château des Fines Roches.
Wines have never been made or aged inside this building.

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