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Roche Noire Cotes du Rhone

The global production for Roche Noire is a small 5 hectares of vines, which are registered agriculture raisonee. The vines are planted on a stony hillside, with close proximity to the Rhone River, and this soil type yields a freshness and elegance to the blend. The wines also benefit from good structure due to the age of the vines. Traditional winemaking practices, with only indigenous yeasts and cement tanks for fermentation, at about 24 degrees Celsius. Maturation for the Grenache is in cement, and Syrah is matured for one year in cask and one year old barrels, light filtration.

Les Vignerons des Roquemaure, or Rocca Maura, is a small, local cooperative of 50 growers, established in 1922. This coop is defined by its history, character, intimate size and commitment to organic and sustainable practices in the vineyard. A cooperative structure allows for access to top quality, micro-growers that would never have the ability to scale themselves to a sustainable level independently. Working cooperatively, they are able to focus on their strengths in the vineyard and collaborate with a winemaker that shares their production philosophy and sensibility. The end result is market access to top quality producers that would not otherwise have a route to market at reasonable prices.

Winemaker: Armelle Dieval
Country: France
Region: Cotes du Rhone, Rhone
Type: Red
Variety: Grenache, Syrah
Farming: Sustainable
Age of Vines: Planted in the early 1960s
Production: 10,000 bottles
Soil: Clay and limestone mixed with gravel and pebbles, and of course, the black rock subsoil.