Roquemale Les Terrasses 2015
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.
I've never quite timed the release of this wine just right. I've been too early or too late to bring this wine that comes from Roquemale's highest vineyards--equal parts Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsault. And now...here it is!
The wine is a floral fruit salad and is a pure example of the potential of this area. Many French people consider this part of France--the very bottom of the Languedoc, to be of inferior quality and destined for the bottom shelf of the grocery store. But not here. Instead I think you'll find a quite refined wine--something more akin to a well-heeled southern Rhone red.
A real joy.