I woke up to massive gusts of wind Saturday morning. I found it cleansing and it added a wonderful autumnal ambience to our farmer’s market experience. However, the forecast was for severe storms with the risk of tornados later in the afternoon. My husband and I needed to check in on my sister’s cats as she was in Colorado for the week, we were responsible just for one day since it’s about an hour drive and had planned on having dinner at one of the fantastic restaurants by her house. The ominous clouds and repeated weatherman warnings compelled us to cancel our dinner reservations and race home to beat the storm. In the evening, as the storm raged [thankfully tornado free] and the power flickered on and off intermittently, I fancied a valiant and unconventional glass, so I reached for Château de Roquefort Les Mûres 2009.
Raimond de Villeneuve returned to his family’s vineyards in 1995 and promptly elevated them from bulk wine status to biodynamic boutique vineyards. The estate consists of only 50 acres, with the vineyards located in an amphitheater, which retains its own unique microclimate. Many of the vines are over 40 years old, with the remainder being between 15 and 40 years old. Every year blackberry vines make their foray into the vineyard, hence the Les Mures name [blackberry]. Constantly experimenting and striving to produce high quality, character driven wines, Raimond de Villeneuve has been proclaimed as “one of the finest winemakers in Provence”, and that his wines “possess a hedonistic character that will make you immediately rejoice”.
Transparent dark garnet in colour, after aerating aromas of black cherry and earthy, bedeviling barnyard curled up in the glass. Sour cherry and lush blackberry flavours were bolstered by crisp bacon notes in the smooth, medium body. Grippy black tea tannins provided supplementary structure, whilst spicy black and pink peppercorns along with traces of dried cherry and earthy mushrooms elongated the moderate finish. Intriguing and rustic, this is a thought-provoking glass that’s fantastic with bold, spicy dishes.
40% Grenache, 25% Carignan, 20% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Côtes de Provence
Produced by Château de Roquefort
Enjoy now thru 2017