Cave de Roquebrun Saint Chinian Roquebrun La Grange des Combes 2017
Cave de Roquebrun, created in 1967, is located in the Haut Languedoc Regional Park, 30 km north of Béziers between the two regional capitals Montpellier and Toulouse. The village of Roquebrun benefits from an exceptional microclimate allowing the cultivation of orange trees, lemon trees, mandarin trees in the open ground, which produce a citrus crop for local consumption.
This very mild, but relatively arid climate, associated with the acidic soils of schists, allow a particular development of the different grape varieties of the Saint-Chinian appellation, notably Carignan, ancestral grape variety which claims its place in the arid hillsides, as well as the Grenache, also present for a long time. Syrah and Mourvèdre, for other types of implantation, exploding their aromatic potential for the development of products of recognized quality and typicity.
Between Faugères and Minervois in the Languedoc region of France, this picturesque, mountainous region produces expressive red Rhône Blends. With scant rainfall and poor soil, the vines put their best energy into the fruit, resulting in these intense, characterful reds for which the region is famous. Featuring the Rhône varieties of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, blended with Carignan and Cinsault, they are full-bodied yet fresh, with briary grip and an herbal savor which, laid atop cherry, berry and plum fruit, make them a fabulous pair for all grilled food.
With distinct soil types, elevations, and exposures, St-Chinian is an ancient, varied region in the midst of defining its terroirs. Two sub-appellations, St-Chinian-Berlou and St-Chinian-Roquebrun, were established in 2005, to recognize the excellence and uniqueness of their wines. Whites (blends of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Rolle (Vermentino)) and rosés (Mourvèdre ) currently comprise only 11% of St-Chinian production, but should not be overlooked as they show a delicious collision of floral stone fruit with flinty, saline minerality.
With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre form the base of the classic Rhône Red Blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. Though they originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley, with some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in other countries. Somm Secret—Putting their own local spin on the Rhône Red Blend, those from Priorat often include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.