Château de Roquefort

Provence / France

At A Glance

Winemaker(s)

Raimond de Villeneuve

Appellation

Côtes de Provence

Varieties

Clairette, Ugni Blanc, Vermentino, Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan

Farming

Organic

Their Story

“Incontestably, one of the great hopes of the Côtes de Provence...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.” — Michel Bettane, French Wine Critic and acclaimed Author

The history of Château de Roquefort dates back during the Greek-Celtic times before its reign was taken over by the Romans as its history continued passing through the middle ages. Today the domaine’s cellar was built in 1734 and was more recently updated in 1995 to house current technologies such as inox (stainless steel tanks) and other winemaking equipment. With that said, since 1995 the wines of Château de Roquefort are under the control of Raimond de Villeneuve who has given a new life to the domaine and its vines converting all viticulture to organic with the belief that the best wines are made with as little human interaction as possible. The domaine’s special location adjacent to the famous Bandol appellation allows for later harvesting creating wines with wonderful freshness and phenolic ripeness.

Château de Roquefort is made up of 25 hectares of organically farmed vines (certified by ECOCERT since 2014) planted to the traditional grape varieties of Provence: Grenache noir, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Clairette, Rolle (Vermentino) and Ugni blanc. The vines sit on a bed of stony clay and chalk soils at an altitude of 350 to 400 meters. This elevation combined with their close proximity to the Mediterranean sea helps the vines from overheating. While the average age of vines is around 40 years old, the domaine continues to replant to slowly expand as two hectares were planted in 1995 and an additional 3 hectares planted between 1999 and 2000. This is a very exciting domaine creating wines which beautifully display why Provence has continued to gain great attention outside of its expressive rosés.