April 30, 2013
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR A BEAUTIFUL ROSÉ!!!
Grêle Rosé 2012, Vin de Pays de Mediterranée, $18.50
We love a wine with a good story, and we’ve always loved Raimond de Villeneuve of the Chateau de Roquefort Vineyard and the beautiful wines he produces every year. We couldn’t help but fall for this delicious wine and the sweet way it came into this world.
On July 1st, 2012, a hailstorm of incredible violence destroyed the totality of Chateau de Roquefort’s 62 acres of vines. It only took 7 minutes for Raimond de Villeneuve to loose 100% of the 2012 harvest. Doubting the extend of the damage, neighbors and fellow growers stopped by and were stricken by what they saw. One of them offered part of his crop, followed by a second, then a third, some giving him a plot of vines, others grapes or must. An idea took root: creating a special cuvée, blending wine from diverse appellations in the Rhône and Provence, labelled under IGP Méditerranée. In a region where few winemakers have hail insurance (“it’s only happened twice in 50 years”, says Raimond), the solidarity of the wine community is an effective insurance against bankrupcy and will beneficiate the members of this communauté vigneronne should they suffer the same fate.
The first cuvée of “Grêle” is vitually a “Who’s Who” of Provence and includes grapes from 35 domaines. These generous estates are : Ch de Beaupré, Ch de Pibarnon, Ch La Coste, Ch de La Noblesse, Ch Les Mesclances, Ch Pradeaux, Ch Revelette, Ch Sainte-Anne, Ch Sulauze, Ch Vignelaure, Domaine de Gayolle, Domaine de la Bastide Blanche, Domaine de la Bégude, Domaine de la Mongestine, Domaine de la Réaltière, Domaine de la Tour du Bon, Domaines Ott, Domaine de Saint-Bacchi, Domaine de Trévallon, Domaines Bunan, Domaine du Bagnol, Domaine du Coulet, Domaine du Sans Regret, Domaine du Trapadis, Domaine Henri Milan, Domaine La Fourmente, Domaine La Suffrene, Domaine Les Béates, Domaine Les Luquettes, Domaine Les Terres Promises, Domaine Pinchinat, Domaine Richeaume, Domaine Sorin, Domaine Saint Louis-Jayne, Domaine Tempier, Mas Juliette.