Save up to 25% on one of the season’s best rosés: “Corail” from Chateau de Roquefort
The 2016 “Corail” Rosé from Château de Roquefort is a “must try” for anyone that enjoys the sublime refreshment of great dry rosé. It is clearly one of the finest rosés of the year. And that is a very strong statement since the year is the excellent 2016 vintage. In southern France, it was a very dry year with a late frost (April 29th) that restricted yields naturally and gave the wines great body and concentration. Order your new favorite rosé today! Our E-mail Sale means you can save 25%!
2016 Château de Roquefort “Corail” Rosé Côtes de Provence (Provence, France)
E-mail Sale! 1-5 bottles: $16.99 per bottle
6-11 bottles: $15.99 per bottle
Case (12+ bottles): $14.99 per bottle
- To order, just call Arrowine. We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington DC).
- Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order.
- The wine arrives tomorrow, Thursday, July 6th, 2017.
- Sale prices are good for one week.
In a year of great rosés, this stands out. It is clearly one of the very best.
The “Corail” Rosé is strongly recommended for any fan of dry rosé. The price is shockingly low considering the quality and care that went into every bottle. This substantial and fresh wine is a rare rosé that could easily keep through 2019. But I don’t expect it to last that long. It’s so incredibly delicious now I’ll be lucky if my bottles last a month!
Château de Roquefort is a top estate in southern France’s Côte de Provence appellation. They have a unique and privileged location that allows them make better wines than others in Provence. Adjacent to the famous Bandol appellation and high on a hill, Château de Roquefort’s vineyards are in a natural amphitheater at about 1,000-1,300 feet of elevation. Their vineyards face the famed mountains of Sainte Baume and Sainte Victoire. Their soils are rocky clay-limestone, with chalk and flint. The vines are old. About a third of the vines are now over 40 years of age, the rest are between 15 and 40 years old.
Raimond de Villeneuve owns and operates the property. He’s leveraged the unique and special vineyard locations and optimally selected ideal varieties to individual soil types, exposures and elevations. He grows the fruit with labor-intensive organic and bio-dynamic methods that assure quality and sustainability. The special location allows later harvesting, which means both freshness and great phenolic ripeness in the wines. This means there’s great complexity, far more than most Provençal wines. It also means the fruit is pure, never harsh, and the finish is fresh and vibrant.
De Villeneuve is a superstar. His experience includes working with Mommessin (of Clos de Tart Grand Cru fame) in Burgundy. He returned to his family property in Provence in 1995 and began making and bottling wines under the Château de Roquefort name.
Famed author and critic Michel Bettane, among others, have singled out De Villeneuve and his Chateau de Roquefort as among the best winemakers in the Provence region! Bettane has reviewed wines for La Revue du Vin de France for over 20 years and has written popular books like The World’s Greatest Wines, and Bettane and Desseauve’s Guide to the Wines of France (with Thierry Desseauve). He’s one of France’s pre-eminent wine writers and critics and he wrote that Château de Roquefort’s Raimond de Villeneuve is:
“incontestably, one of the great hopes of the Cotes de Provence…the wines perfectly combine ample and intense fruit with a rich and silky body. The wines of Roquefort possess a hedonistic character that will make you immediately rejoice.”
The 2016 “Corail” rosé is a blend of grenache (30%), syrah (20%), cinsault (20%), vermentino (20%) and carignan (10%). It is substantial and complex and, at the same time, light and fresh. In short, it’s perfectly balanced, dry and incredibly refreshing. They harvested the fruit, 100% by hand, between September 19th and October 12th, 2016. That’s about 3 weeks to a month later than many lower vineyards in Provence and Bandol were harvested.
Here’s more on the outstanding 2016 vintage in Provence:
One nearby grower, commenting on the 2016 vintage, said: “We saw only [6.3 inches] of rain instead of the average [20 inches]…. Quality is going to be great, but yields are down 25 percent…”
The late frost restricted yields and enhanced concentration. The dry and warm season resulted in bunches with small berries and less juice. Yields were low and quality was sky high. The wines show concentrated flavors and complexity with wonderful balance and freshness.
Here’s how the 2016 Château de Roquefort “Corail” Rosé tastes:
The color is a beautiful pale orange-pink. The fragrant bouquet brings to mind a spring flower-bed and fresh raspberries, white cherries and citrus peel. On the palate it is focused and substantial, with ripe berry and tangerine fruit. The flavors are intense and focused adding a subtle spice and mineral note on the long and silky finish. This is one of the best rosés in years with a rare combination of body and richness with focus and freshness. Load up!
Again, to order, just call Arrowine. We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington DC). Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order. The wine arrives tomorrow, Thursday, July 6th, 2017. Sale prices are good for one week (or until available quantities sell out).
Thank you for taking the time to read about the terrific “Corail” Rosé from Château de Roquefort.