Roc d'Anglade

This 10 hectare vineyard, just outside Nîmes, was at one time shared by René Rostaing, one of the star producers of Côte-Rôtie, and his friend Rémy Pédréno. Rémy now has sole charge of the domaine. The village of Langlade was once renowned throughout France, and particularly at the court of Louis XIV, for the quality of its wines before phylloxera ravaged the region, as it did all of France, in the late 19th century. Rémy has done a huge amount to revitalise the reputation of this estate and the village as a whole, illustrating why the wines were held in such high regard in the past, and following his example there are now several winemakers established there.

Rémy, a former computer scientist, has become something of a disciple to local maestro Gérard Gauby, adopting the same biodynamic approach to viticulture, uses the same Austrian cooper for their barrels and favouring the carignan grape. Mourvédre, grenache, syrah, cinsault, chenin blanc, chardonnay, grenache gris, carignan blanc and maccabeu are all also grown.

The vines grow on a mosaic of soils, mostly siliceous clay and calcareous marls with aspects to the north and east which, in this hot part of the south of France, provides the basis for balance and freshness in the wines. Yields are naturally low, often picked earlier than many nearby and thus often avoiding the prevalent September rains. This too contributes to the freshness in the wines.

Selection is strict during the manual harvest and on the sorting table at arrival at the winery. The fruit is gently handled and undergoes a cold maceration before fermentation. Rémy seeks to avoid overextraction during fermentation and the wine is aged in foudres or casks of old wood for maturation so that the terroir is as clear as possible.

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