Château de Roquefort, Petit Salé, 2020
IGP Pays des Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence, France
At the foot of the majestic Sainte Baume Massif, here is one beautiful vineyard of 24 hectares located at an altitude of almost 400 m in the hollow of a large rock circus. The particular geology of the place helps Raymond de Villeneuve to cultivate his vineyard using biodynamics, a real eco-system far from any pollution. A disciple of the Steiner school (founder of biodynamics), he cultivates the traditional grapes of Provence in accordance with cosmic cycles. Owner and winemaker Raimond de Villeneuve is deeply concerned about the health of his vineyards and the impact of his work upon the environment. The vineyards are set high in the hills of Provence, 10km away from the coast. 60% Clairette from vines planted in 1954 and 40% Vermentino from vines planted in 2012. Stony clay-limestone soils, with West/Northwest exposure, at 380 meters of elevation.
“Petit Salé” (little salty) is the local name given to the Clairette grape. It refers to the small little white dots present on the grape and also to its slightly saline taste. Hand harvested, wild fermented with malolactic fermentation blocked in order to maximize the freshness. Aged in concrete tanks before bottling. Fleshy white peach vibes and lemon balm. Lively, salty and super precise. Flinty, racy, fresh and bone dry.
Food pairings: shellfish in virtually any form, Vietnamese fresh rolls with shrimp, grilled sardines on toast, soft French cheeses, grilled halloumi with roasted veggies, mushroom and butternut squash tart