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Château Saint-Roch

At worst, the Roussillon is seen as an appendage of the Languedoc. Slightly better, but still not great, is the […]

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Château Saint-Roch

At worst, the Roussillon is seen as an appendage of the Languedoc. Slightly better, but still not great, is the temptation to see it as monolithic, when in reality there is a range of terroirs from the coastal plain, to the three valleys which succeed each other from the north to the south, to the unique spot where the Pyrenees meet the sea. While Jean-Marc is best known for his vineyards south of Perpignan, he grew up near Maury, where, as a teenager, he tended his first vineyard and made his first wine. So when the opportunity presented to purchase an estate here, how could he refuse?

Maury is probably best known for its aged, fortified wines, which means that it’s really not that well known at all. When was the last time you had a Maury? Located in the Agly Valley, this region of the Roussillon is rugged, sheltered, and warm with distinctive black schist soils. These are the characteristics that make the terroir unique, and in recognition of this fact and the prevailing trend in favor of dry wines, the AOC of Maury Sec was created. The terroir qualities that make for balanced and concentrated sweet wines: hot temperatures during the day, windy conditions in the afternoon, and under it all black schist soils mixed with clay and limestone weathered from the Corbières mountains immediately to the north can also make richly satisfying dry wines. These conditions result in small clusters and berries, thick skins, but from vines that never suffer from stress since their roots dig deep into water-retentive sub-soils. Maury Sec is darker, more mineral, and more brooding in general than wines from the rest of the Roussillon. Not surprisingly, Grenache is the main grape along with smaller plantings of Syrah, Carignan, and Mourvedre. Saint Roch even makes a small quantity of white wine from Grenache Blanc and Roussanne.

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Roussillon, France
  • Location
    Roussillon, France
  • Primary Appellation
    Maury Sec
  • Proprietor
    Jean-Marc & Eliane Lafage
  • Winemaker
    Jean-Marc & Eliane Lafage
  • Size / Elevation
    44 hectares / 200 meters
  • Age of Vines
    50+ years
  • Farming
    Practicing organic
  • Varieties
    Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Mourvedre, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne
  • Cellar
    Hand harvested, destemmed, fermentation in concrete, stainless steel or demi-muid, aging in concrete and/or 500L French oak demi-muids
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections
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