Côtes de Provence Blanc ‘Petit Salé’ Château de Roquefort 2018
Château de Roquefort, Roquefort-la-Bédoule, Côtes de Provence
“Raimond de Villeneuve makes dark brambly reds that explode with life and are wonderfully perfumed and wild with garrigue. His rosé, Corail, pale, fresh, and elegant, has been one of my favourites for several years.”
Tamlyn Currin, Purple Pages of JancisRobinson.com July 2013
The flamboyant and eccentric Raimond de Villeneuve has propelled this 25 hectares estate to the very top echelon of Provençal wine domaines. Benefiting from an altitude of up to 390m and old vines averaging more than 35 years, with many well over 40 years of age, Raimond produces very fresh and precise wines with a real sense of personality and unique style. The terrain includes hillsides and plateaus, forming part of the Massif Sainte Baume, which rises up to over 1,000m. The proximity to the sea ensures a fine microclimate, protecting the vines from hail and excessive humidity. A follower of biodynamic methods for many years, he captures all the sun and scents of Provence, whilst still managing to achieve elegance and subtlety.
'Petit Salé' (little salty) is the local Provençal term for Clairette, and it is from this that Côtes de Provence Blanc ‘Petit Salé’ Château de Roquefort 2015 takes its name. Lively and precise on the palate, with delightful notes of juicy lemons, grapefruit, white peach, chamomile, beeswax, garrigues and a saline minerality. It has an enticing, stony finish that adds intrigue.
Grapes: Clairette, Vermentino, Ugni Blanc