Roquemale Lema 2016
The Domaine de Roquemale is an 11 hectare property near Villeveyrac, about 30 minutes from southern French city of Montpellier. The vineyard is appropriately named, a local patois meaning 'bad rocks'. Indeed, a visit to Roquemale yields the visitor a head-scratching experience of wondering why anyone would try to actually grow anything here! In fact, the beautiful viaduct (pictured) was once used to carry bauxite from a local mine only a kilometer away to the freight yard and ships of the nearby city.
Dominique Ibanez and Valerie Tabaries began Roquemale in 2001, having searched high and low looking for just the right place. They had their "love at first sight moment" when they drove under the viaduct arches and stood among Roquemale's old vines and olive trees. The magic of that day translates well into their delicious bottles of wine.
Lema comes from old vine parcels of Syrah and Grenache, with a splash of Mourvedre mixed in for color and brightness. It is a wonderfully concentrated and somewhat rustic wine that is ready to drink but will perform well for 5-7 more years.