2012 Saint Roch Blanc Vieilles VignesBlend from France
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Wine: "50 year old vines. Hand harvested, sorted grapes. Cold maceration. Fermentation at 16 degrees. Aged in tank." - Importer Producer/Vineyard: "Recently purchased by J...
- 89 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
89 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Composed of 80% Grenache Blanc and 20% Marsanne, the 2012 Vieilles Vignes Blanc comes from 50-year-old vines planted in limestone and clay soils. A delightful bouquet of caramelized honeyed grapefruit, white currants and other assorted citrus jumps from the glass of this crisp, dry, medium-bodied white. With surprising length and power, it reminded me of a restrained, more laid-back top white Hermitage - at a fraction of the price. Consume it over the next several years." (12/12)
"50 year old vines. Hand harvested, sorted grapes. Cold maceration. Fermentation at 16 degrees. Aged in tank." - Importer
"Recently purchased by Jean Marc Lafage, Chateau Saint Roch is located in the Maury Area of the Agly Valley, which is 15 miles from Perpignan and the Mediterranean Sea. The castle of Queribus, built by the Cantharis, at the top of the steep Corbieres Mountain watches over the vineyards from the north. Each plot is now surrounded by black berry bushes, fig trees, pomegranate trees, cherry trees, carob trees, oaks, as well as fields of thyme, lavender and fennel."
The soil of the hills is made up of schiste clay with a limestone base and their altitudes vary between 120 to 370 meters. The wind, called here the "Tramontane", circulates in this corridor between Fenouilledes and Corbieres. The southern Catalan sun takes advantage of the refractive qualities of the schist from this ancient icy plateau to give St Roch its unique light." - Importer
|Sub-Region||Cotes du Roussillon|
89 - Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Varietal(s)||Grenache Blanc, Marsanne|
|Features||Organic and Biodynamic|
|Taste||honey, citrus, pear, banana, peach, wax, almond, tea and apple|
|Nose||honey, slate, almond, citrus, nut and golden apple|