The cellars at Château de Roquefort were built in 1734. Until 1995, the estate only produced wine to be sold in bulk. Raimond de Villeneuve took over in 1995, modernized the winery, and began producing biodynamic wines under the Château’s name.
The 25 hectares of this vineyard are carefully tended and the owner’s main concern is that of the quality of the wine produced here. The grape varieties are mainly those traditionally planted in Provence : Grenache noir, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Clairette, Rolle (Vermentino) and Ugni blanc. The soil is a blend of stony clay and chalk.
One third of the vines planted are over 40 years old, with another third between 15 and 40 years and the remainder planted over the past 15 years. The vineyard is situated at an altitude of 350-400 meters and is well protected by surrounding cliffs. The landscape consists of hills and plateaux which form the Massif of Sainte Baume, which rises to 1042 meters a few miles away towards Aubagne and Gèmenos.The proximity of the sea ensures a fine micro-climate, thus protecting the property from hail damage and too much damp heat.
This vintage’s Corail is a judicious blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Vermentino and Clairette! The fresh terroirs facing the Massif de la Sainte Baume give a wine of great freshness and balance in the mouth. The wine has a luminous colour, a light rosé with salmon reflections. The nose, pleasant and delicate, offers a beautiful aromatic expression of red fruits, citrus fruits and peach. The palate is fresh and greedy, with aromas of citrus and red berries very pleasant with a beautiful persistence.