Bouches du Rhône – Gueule de Loup

Roquefort Gueule de Loup

Bouches du Rhône – Gueule de Loup


This cuvée is named after the snapdragon flower (called Gueule-de-Loup in French, literally “wolf’s mouth”) that is native to the Mediterranean and grows on the property. 

80% Grenache, 10% Cinsault, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, from vines between 20 and 40 year old. This cuvée can be a single or a multi-vintage. The grapes are manually harvested and 90% are partially de-stemmed and crushed. The team then adds the second press from the Petit Salé and the Corail (the first press is very light, 4.8 pounds only, to get an extremely delicate juice) into the Gueule de Loup concrete tank. This cuvée is therefore made with a very high proportion of juice. Margaux Gentile feels that the white grapes add a lot of texture to the wine.

The vinification lasts two to four weeks in temperature-controlled tanks, with élevage in cement tanks (80%) and foudre (20%). The wine is unfined and unfiltered. The robe is deep and slightly violet. The nose is pure and dominated by notes of red fruit and red currant. Full and fresh on the palate. 13.5% 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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