2019 Le Roc des Anges Côtes Catalanes Rouge "Reliefs", Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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ABOUT THIS WINE
Vines planted from 1911 to 1944; 70 years old average age. The fruit comes from small parcels on schists, including the Roc Blanc, named because of its large outcropping of quartz.
The parcels are vinified together. Destemmed and layers of whole-clusters. Ambient yeast fermentation with pieds de cuve in closed concrete tanks for 7 days, then pressed and racked back to tank to finish fermentation. No temperature control. No punching down or pump overs. Aged in tank. No fining, light filtration.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
Marjorie was born in Grenoble and grew up in the Northern Rhône. Stéphane was born in Normandy. The couple met at the agronomy school in Montpellier. Marjorie apprenticed at Domaine Gauby; Stephane at Cuilleron and Les Vins de Vienne, after which he worked at Mas Amiel. They founded Roc des Anges in 2001. The couple named their domaine Roc des Anges after a large white outcropping of quartz in a vineyard—Roc for rock, and Anges for angels.
“We came to biodynamics by tasting the wine of others,” says Marjorie. “We wanted to make wines with the same energy. It happened when we started to let go of our Cartesian side, our agronomy training. Certain wines moved us. We couldn’t really describe what touched us, but the common thread was that they were made by biodynamic domaines.”
In 2011, the couple took the entire domaine, now 30 hectares, biodynamic.