Côtes de Provence Rouge – Les Mûres

Roquefort Mûres

Côtes de Provence Rouge – Les Mûres


Country France
Region Provence
Producer Château de Roquefort


Style Red
Practices Biodynamic, Certified Organic, Organic
Grapes Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah
Other Features Vegan, Indigenous yeasts, Natural, Unfiltered, Unfined

This cuvée is named after the blackberry bushes that grow on the side of the vineyards. 40% Grenache, 30% Carignan, 20% Syrah and 10% Cinsault. The vineyard benefits from a relatively cooler climate thanks to its higher altitude (1200-1300 feet). These older vines (35-60 year old) are planted in a “cirque”, or natural amphitheater, formed by a glacier, on clay-limestone with a stony surface and numerous slate outcroppings, with western and northwestern exposure.

The vinification takes place in concrete tanks, a part of which are open and in which “pigeage,”  or punching of the cap, is performed. Temperatures are never permitted to exceed 77° F, to prevent over-extraction. 20 months elevage in large foudres (2, 5 and 10 year old), or 40 hectoliter casks, and cement tanks. Unfined and unfiltered. Deep purple in color, this wine exhibits rich notes of ripe, dark cherries, blackberries along with that classic provençal underpinning of ‘garrigue.’ An elegant and refined cuvée with polished tannins. 14% alcohol.

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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, biodynamic practices. 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🐶

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