who grows the grapes at Roc d’Anglade? who makes the wines?
The first question that Rémy asked as he realized he wanted to be a winemaker? “What would it taste like if I made it?” The rest, as they say, is a wonderful, delicious, engaging, inspiring and convivial history that he and Martine continue to write.
what wines do they make at Roc d’Anglade?
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when did Roc d’Anglade start?
Within a few years, Rémy was on his own. The torrential rains of 2002 that came before harvest was in full swing proved to be a watershed moment. In what he thought was waterlogged, under-ripe Carignan Rémy tasted delicacy of fruit and a brightness of acidity that he had otherwise associated with northern regions. The die was cast and to this day Rémy harvests earlier than almost anyone not making verjus.
Another important step forward came in 2007 and 2008 when Rémy and Martine planted seven types of rootstock in the sand and clay soils that sit on a bedrock of limestone at their home vineyard. This laid the foundation for what will be a truly remarkable site. In 2014, seven years after planting (!), they began to graft the now deeply rooted vines with a range of varieties intended to give each of the wines depth of flavor and brightness. Nearly twenty years after Rémy first made wine, Roc d’Anglade is only just beginning to mature into what it will be.
where is Roc d’Anglade?
Today, the area largely planted to grapes that end up in blends at the local coops. Still, the potential is high enough to have attracted interest from producers the Northern Rhone, and Rémy is redefining what is possible with every vintage.
why is Roc d’Anglade a Candid Wine? why might you open a bottle?
Still, when Romain emailed saying “Talk to my friend Rémy. He makes fantastic Chenin Blanc in the Languedoc and he has a small amount of wine to sell. I told him you’d call”, our response, naively, was somewhat dubious. Chenin from the Languedoc? A week later, Romain wrote back saying “You’re idiots not to call Rémy. Call Rémy!” Of course, Rémy’s wine is everything one might expect from a Chenin that Romain raves about.
That connection opened the door to a wonderful relationship. Rémy and his wines are imbued with an infectious joie de vivre. It is a joy to drink them and a privilege to have a front-row seat from which to observe the rebirth of what once was and, under Rémy and Martine’s guidance again will be, one of France’s great terroirs.
Seek out Roc d’Anglade if you love wines from the Loire, from Piedmont, or from Burgundy. The experience won’t be the same, nor should it be, but it will be a pleasure for people who love brighter wines as that is precisely what Rémy bottles.
how is the wine made at Roc d’Anglade?
The rosé is made like a Blanc de Noirs, never saignée, and is intended to have all the breadth of a red wine with a more delicate attack. It is worthy of quite a few years in the cellar
Since 2006, there are no more barriques in the cellar, with everything having been converted to varying sized foudres made by Franz Stockinger in Austria.