Bouches du Rhône Blanc – Petit Salé

Roquefort Petit Sale

Bouches du Rhône Blanc – Petit Salé


Country France
Region Provence
Producer Château de Roquefort


Style White
Practices Biodynamic, Certified Organic, Organic
Grapes Clairette, Ugni Blanc, Vermentino
Other Features Vegan, Indigenous yeasts, Natural

A majority of Clairette from vines planted in 1954, 2010, 2011 and 2019, Vermentino from vines planted in 2012 and Ugni Blanc from vines planted in 1956 and 2019. Stony clay-limestone soils, with West/Northwest exposure, at 380 meters high. Yields are 65 hectoliters/hectare. 

“Petit Salé” (little salty) is the local name given to the Clairette grape. It refers to the small little white dots present on the grape and also to its slightly saline taste. 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 and stainless steel tanks before bottling in February/March.

Pale color, fine bouquet with a floral and mineral character and notes of white peach and lemon. Lively on the palate, a precise wine, influenced by limestone and flint, delightfully fresh. 11.5% Alcohol. About 35,000 bottles produced.

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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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