The Domaine La Roquète was acquired by the Brunier family, best associated with Domaine Vieux Tèlègraphe, in 1986. The estate was sold by the previous proprietor to Henri Brunier, who subsequently handed it onto his sons, Daniel and Frederic. Since taking control of La Roquète the family have been determinedly raising quality, with perhaps the most notable development being the construction of new cellars in 1998. The winery itself is located very near the town centre of Châteauneuf itself, although the vineyards are scattered across southern parts of the Rhone Valley.
The grand vin here is the red Domaine la Roquète sourced from 32 hectares of vines. The soils obviously vary across three main sites from which the grapes come, although they are largely characterized by sand and stones sitting on a thick layer of clay, which confers great resistance to drought.
The vines have an average age of 45 years, and typically produce a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. The fruit is harvested by hand and sorted twice in the vineyard, before pressing and destemming in the cellar. It is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, where it undergoes malolactic fermentation, before going into concrete tanks for the first nine months, followed by ten months in large oak foudres, up to 70 hectolitres in capacity. It is a process that bears an unsurprising resemblance to the practices at the Brunier's flagship winery, Vieux Tèlègraphe.
The wine is bottled without filtration at 20 months of age
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