Clos du Rocher is made by a father and son who share a deep passion for wine making. Jean-Michel Bergeron and his son Cédric work closely together and use their complementary skills to create remarkable wines. Already owners of neighbouring Chateaux Les Martins and Haut La Valette; they acquired Clos du Rocher, located near the little village of Cars, in 1988. Clos du Rocher is a lovely example of a good Cotes de Blaye and we’re delighted to introduce it to the UK for the very first time.
Blaye is the northernmost AOC on the Right Bank and lies across the estuary from the Medoc. Blaye’s soils are formed from successive sedimentations deposited by the retreating oceans millions of years ago and are ideally suited for Merlot and Malbec. The AOC also an amazing repository of long forgotten grapes and traditions – you will also find some rare Carmenere here too.
Blaye’s ancient roots make it a fascinating place to visit, the citadel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wine making here dates back to Roman times and the origin of Cars’ name comes from the Latin ‘lapis quarta’ meaning the ‘4th milestone’ on the road from Blaye. Gallo Roman remains can be found at the base of the hill on which Cars stands.
Clos du Rocher sits on a rolling landscape overlooking the great Gironde estuary. It’s name comes from ‘Clos’ meaning ‘walled vineyard’ and ‘Rocher’ meaning ‘rocks’ which refers to the rocky outcrop on which it is perched. With the sea as its horizon the south west facing vineyard enjoys a privileged exposure to sunshine. Soils are rich here and the vineyard sits on a bed of limestone and blue clay.
With the high proprtion of Malbec in its blend Clos du Rocher is a great claret to have with game. Its good tannic backbone and layered fruit suit rich game pies, game dishes with cherry and cranberry sauces, game terrine, wild boar sausages and venison casserole. It’s also good with duck, pheasant, grouse, sirloin steak, lamb shanks and classic roast pork.