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.
The Gueule de Loup is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Cinsault, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 80% cement and 20% wood. It is pure, fresh, and full with red fruits and sublte black fruit with just a touch of earth and grilled meat.