A very appealing, ripe and harmonious blend from old vines of Carignan, Grenache and some Syrah. Impossible to resist to the generosity and sweetness of the fruit.
|Appellation||Cotes du Roussillon|
|Winery||Domaine le Roc des Anges|
|Varietal(s)||60% Carignan, 25% Grenache and 15% Syrah. 40 to 100 year-old vines.|
|Other||BIO, No SO2|
|Inventory||In Stock (144)|
Ripe blueberry, spices, evocations of sage and thyme and stone. This wine brims with juicy, very ripe red berry accented by smoky, stony characteristics usually associated with schist-influenced reds. While glycerol-rich and almost lush in texture, this preserves fine vivacity and downright refreshment. In the palate-staining finish, a tart, fruit skin edge enhances the sense of invigoration while salinity serves for saliva inducement.
Duck or lamb confit, lamb tajine.
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.
Whole berries. Fermented with indigenous yeasts in 24 to 45 hl concrete vats. Aged for 9 months in large wooden and concrete vats and then ageing in bottle for 9 months.
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.