July 1st, 2012, a hailstorm of incredible violence destroyed the totality of Chateau de Roquefort's 62 acres of vines. It only took 7 minutes for Raimond de Villeneuve to loose 100% of the 2012 harvest. Doubting the extend of the damage, neighbors and fellow growers stopped by and were stricken by what they saw. One of them offered part of his crop, followed by a second, then a third, some giving him a plot of vines, others grapes or must. An idea took root: creating a special cuvee, blending wine from diverse appellations in the Rhone and Provence, labelled under IGP Mediterranee.
"A blend of carignan, cinsault, grenache, mourvedre, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, syrah and rolle. Pale orange. High-pitched aromas of orange zest, strawberry and white flowers, with a chalky mineral overtone. Delicate and precise on the palate, offering tangy citrus and red fruit flavors that put on weight with air. Shows impressive cut and lift on the spicy finish, with the mineral and floral notes echoing.
International Wine Cellar