Selection parcellaire of old vines of Macabeu whose parcel looks like a goose, “Oca” in Catalan. The wine is pure, fresh and with great tension, like sculpted in the rock.
An incredible pure white wine whose macabeu grapes bring an elegant bitterness and an harmonious elegance.
From a parcel of pure Macabeu whose shape prompted its name (“goose”), Gallet’s 2012 l’Oca features juicy melon, white peach and apple wreathed in sweetly, muskily-scented flowers on a silken-textured palate. Alkaline and smoky black tea accents add further allure to a soothing yet refreshing, understated yet long-lasting finish. It’s too early to talk about much of a track record for this bottling – first rendered in 2008 – but the wine in question here will surely repay following through at least 2015.
|Appellation||VDP Pyrennees Orientales|
|Winery||Domaine le Roc des Anges|
|Varietal(s)||100% Macabeu (60 years old)|
|Other||BIO, No SO2|
|Inventory||Very Low Stock (18)|
Quite ripe herbal nose, with notes of fennel, and on the palate. Very pure, fresh, vibrating palate, with nuances of flavours.
Raw fish, scallops, oysters.
Rotten schist and red clay on the north side of the Forca Real mountain.
Bush pruning (gobelet). Leaf Thinning and pruning. Biodynamic farming. Hand harvest.
Direct pressing. Fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged for 8 months in old wooden barrels of 228L.
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.