New Age for Roussillon: Le Roc des Anges
Languedoc-Roussillon is a region to keep your eyes out for. Known for cheap bulk wines for the longest time, it is now a hot spot for new underrated and affordable wines from rising stars.
People have already started to notice, from publications such as Punch and Forbes. One of such examples I have tried recently came from Le Roc des Anges, an estate started out by Marjorie Gallet, a Grenoble native, in 2001 when she was 23 years old. After attending school in Montpellier and meeting her husband Stephane there, she found a parcel that closely resembled the terroir of Cotie Rotie that she grew up with. This became Roc des Anges, on the slopes of the Pyrenees. Stephane later joined her at the estate in 2008.
Together they continue the biodynamic practices that Marjorie have established from the very beginning. Even as they expanded throughout the years, they have remained loyal to their original vision of preserving terroir and the sense of place. To think they are just one example out of many vignerons that trying to do something of their own in the region is exciting stuff!
The below wine are from the Le Roc des Anges single vineyard parcels. These are just three cuvees amongst many more. For more information, visit their website here.
Le Roc des Anges Unic 2017: Grenache planted in 2001. Rich ruby colour. Very lovely plush cherry note nose and equally ripe palate. Elegant mineral finish.
Le Roc des Anges Australe 2017: Serine from parcel bought in 2001. Bright purple in colour, it was quite reductive on the nose. The palate is punchy yet thoroughly open and approachable surprisingly enough with elegant violet notes.
Le Roc des Anges Les Trabasseres 2015: Carignan planted in 1913. In between purple and ruby in colour. It share a similar violet profile as the Australe but the minerality is strongest here. Most satisfying is the richness and depth it displays — my fave of the three.
All wines tasted in Hong Kong, July 2019.