Théodoric Barrot was born in 1865 at Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Having been forced for economic reasons to leave the village following the phylloxera crisis, he settled in Marseille, where he opened a baker’s shop and where his son, Lucien, was born in 1917. When the family returned to the village in the 1930’s, Lucien, at the early age of 15, took over the few vineyards the family possessed and sharecropped others in order to increase the surface area at his disposal: “After bread comeswine, the second food given to us by the Creator to preserve our life, and the first celebrated for its excellence” (Olivier de Serres).
In 1941, he got married an three children were born of this marriage: a girl, Michèle, whose vocation for teaching took her away from wine to some extent, and two boys, Pierre and Robert. Pierre joined the estate in 1970 before succeeding her parents completely.
As for Robert, he has taken charge of his wife’s estates Vignobles Mousset Barrot since 1976. Now, Gaëlle and Amélie; the daughters of Robert have taken over the vineyard and the cellar, perpetuating respectfully the family’s values: a love for vines and for work well done, on the 12 hectares (30 acres) spread over the territory of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape.