A superb blend of Gold Medal winning Shiraz (Syrah), Marselan and Merlot from Les Vignerons du Roquemaure in the Southern Rhone. Roquemaure has been renowned for its wine making since the 6th century and the town is named after the black rock on which it is perched. The ancient vineyards surrounding the citadel gave birth to the term ‘Cotes du Rhone’ in 1737. Roquemaure, with its historic castle and port, was their commercial cradle. Les Vignerons du Roquemaure’s newest cuvee, Les P’tits Galets, is named after the little white pebbles that are characteristic of the terroir in this region. The layer of galets are quartzite and are the remants of Alpine glaciers that have been polished by the River Rhone down the millenia. They retain heat during the day which helps to ripen the grapes.
Les P’tits Galets is a rare blend of Shiraz (Syrah), Marselan and Merlot. The Marselan grape is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. It was first bred in 1961 by Paul Truel near the French coastal town of Marseillan which lies between Beziers and Montpellier. It’s a grape to look out for; there is a growing trend for it thanks to more wine makers discovering its wonderfully expressive qualities. Marselan produces deeply coloured and highly aromatic, medium bodied, supple wines. It is grown in its homeland of the Languedoc, Provence and the Gard but has recently found fame as one of the grapes planted in First Growth Chateau Lafite Rothschild’s vineyard in China. It’s also one of the grape varieties being grown experimentally in Bordeaux for consideration for approval in the future.
Blended with Shiraz (Syrah), the classic red Rhone grape, and Bordeaux’s Merlot; Marselan adds a new dimension, bringing beautifully integrated tannins and flavours. Les P’tits Galets is deliciously moreish and the perfect Summer red wine. It’s good with roast lamb, BBQ spare ribs, chorizo, pork, lentil based dishes, porcini mushrooms and chicken.