The wine with four ‘S’: soft, smooth, silky and smoky! From the rock of the angels springs the blood (Segna) of the heart (Cor). This domaine entry-level wine is longer, finer and deeper than most other estates' regular cuvee!
|Appellation||Cotes du Roussillon|
|Winery||Domaine le Roc des Anges|
|Varietal(s)||50% Grenache, 30% Carignan and 20% Syrah|
|Inventory||In Stock (220)|
A dark cedar in colour. On the nose scents of cassis and black cherry with a hint of chocolate. On the palate fresh and lively with smoky notes and further spicy black fruit flavours. The tannins are complex yet discreet and the finish fresh and lingering.
Pot-roasted pigeon with Parmesan polenta, daube de boeuf with black olives or a traditional duck cassoulet.
Rotten schist and red clay on the north side of the Forca Real mountain.
Bush pruning (gobelet). Leaf Thinning and pruning. Organic farming. Hand harvest.
Fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged for 9 months in concrete vats.
Roc Des anges was founded in Febuary 2001. A Carignan vine planted on a vein of quartz is biheind the origin of the name. a white soil surrounded by black schist: the “Lieu-Dit” is called “Roc Blanc” which translates as White Rock. Angels where chosen to symbolize the vein of quartz, and Roc Blanc became Roc Des Anges (Roc of the Angles).
The vineyard lies on topsoil of very old schist (750 million years) soft and flaky, drived from the compaction of pure clay. The bedrock is less than one meter deep. It’s very friable, wich allows an excellent root penetration. These conditions give the vines a chance to get a second wind as June brings drought and warm weather.
The Vinification and aging
Simplicity is the rule, yet it is the most difficult to follow. They observe, they taste, they wait, and they guide the wine toward the fullest expression of terroir. The aging requirement varies according to vintages. Many of the wines are aged in concrete vats: the wine breath and the fruit is reserved. Aging in wood allows the more tight and reticent wines to soften and open up. For this reason they buy premium Burgundy barrels (3 to 5 years of age), and a few new barrels.
Marjorie and Stephane Gallet
Marjorie was exposed to wine at an early age (she grew up near Côte Rôtie), she earned her degree at Montpellier while doing apprenticeships with Yves Cuilleron and Pierre Gaillard in the northern Rhone.