Chateau de Roquefort Petit Sale 2017

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Raimond de Villeneuve's impressively beautiful vineyard is literally situated in a bowl, thus having a very special microclimate. Château de Roquefort is only 25 ha located on the edge of the Bandol appellation, just over the ridge. After a period of traveling throughout Europe, he returned to his family’s domaine in 1995 and began bottling under the domaine name in 1998, as the juice had previously been sold in bulk to the local co-op. Raimond began instituting biodynamic practices shortly after taking over the vineyards. “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 wine carries. With that said, this wine is mostly made from Clairette vines planted in 1954, 2010 and 2011 with a touch of Ugni Blanc planted in 1956 and Vermentino planted in 2012 and grown on stony clay-limestone soils, with West/Northwest exposure, at 380 meters high. It is co-fermented and aged in concrete tanks to preserve freshness before being bottled in February. With a pale color and fine bouquet, the wine balances a floral and mineral character with notes of white peach and lemon. A precise wine, influenced by limestone and flint it’s grown on, Petit Sale is the bar peanut of the summer; pair it with good company and conversation.

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