Château Roquefort was shining the spotlight on its new cuvée Les Roches Blanches – Cabernet Franc, at Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris 2022, with a new rosé to complete its range.
The family estate, at the heart of Entre-Deux-Mers near Saint Emilion, launched the range in 2021 after it proved popular with their wine shop and restaurant partners. Winemaker Frédéric Bellanger said: “Our estate is unique in Entre-deux-Mers, a region that’s been inhabited for over 5000 years. We have our hearts set on expressing our roots – both lovely and robust – as well as spreading our wings to bring to life a new expression of Bordeaux and to highlight our superb terroirs in harmony with humanity, nature, the earth and the vineyards.” Their new cuvée, made from Cabernet Franc grapes on the south facing vineyards of Castelviel, is geared towards Hotel, Restaurant & Catering (HRC) and offers a new expression of Bordeaux wines. Its label is decorated with a starfish, an allusion to a perfectly preserved fossil which was discovered in the grounds of the 18th century estate, because 30 million years ago the entire region was at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Like all of Château Roquefort‘s wines, the new rosé is already certified HVE 3 (High Environmental Value – Level 3) and the estate started the transition to organic farming two years ago. Its refreshing and mineral taste comes from the areas rich limestone soil and rich geological heritage. Frédéric took over the reins of Château Roquefort in 1995 and with the help of his wife Anne has grown the vineyard, which now covers 240 hectares, in terms of both quality and quantity.