Côtes de Provence Blanc – Les Genêts
This cuvée is named after a large, deciduous shrub with bright yellow flowers (broom) that grows on the property and can be found all over the Mediterranean region. 98% Vermentino, 2% Clairette.
Stony clay-limestone soils, with West/Northwest exposure, at 380 meters high. The grapes were destemmed and gently crushed. Maceration on the skins at 41F followed by extraction with a pneumatic press. Fermentation at temperature controlled (64F to 73F) with malolactic fermentation blocked in order to maximize the freshness. Cold stabilized. Aged in concrete tanks before bottling.
Fine bouquet with floral character, well-defined, scents of white fruits, blooming boxwood, a hint of flinty notes. On the palate, lively and a taste of grape in its natural state, no frills, with a long-lasting finish. About 8,000 bottles produced.
About the Producer
This impressively beautiful, biodynamic vineyard is situated in an amphitheater, thus having a very special microclimate. Château de Roquefort is at an altitude of 1000 feet, allowing later harvesting, which results in more freshness and greater phenolic maturity, and therefore more complexity than is usual in Provençal wines. The 29 hectare of vineyards are located on the edge of the Bandol appellation - just over the ridge, so Mourvèdre does not ripen there as well as in Bandol (it is a difficult grape to ripen), so it is not the focus. One third of the vines are over 40 year old, with the rest ranging between 15 and 40. Raimond De Villeneuve came back to his old family property in 1995; his first vintage under the Château name was in 1998 - previously the wines were sold in bulk. An open-minded winemaker and taster, Raimond strived for quality and always experimented; after planting Cabernet Franc, he tried Portuguese varieties. The estate is now run by the talented Margaux Gentile, who worked with Raimond for many years.
The wines have been recognized by Michel Bettane: "... the wines perfectly combine ample and intense fruit with a rich and silky body. The wines of Roquefort possess a hedonistic character that will make you immediately rejoice."
Farming/vinification practices: Certified Organic. The different varieties are always co-fermented.
Château de Roquefort
2017 vintage - Harvest report
2018 vintage - Harvest report
Grafts on two parcels planted in 2017.
Raimond and Georgette🐶