Rocca Maura is made by the local cooperative in the ancient vineyards of medieval Roquemaure (the town around the Castle of the Black Rock) in the eastern most part of the Gard; in the heart of the southern Rhone Valley 10 miles or so from Avignon. The vineyards are steeped in history; the British enjoyed these wines 800 years ago – the first written mention of them is by Gervase of Tilbury in 1214; in England! Les Vignerons de Roquemaure produce wines of the Lirac, Tavel, Cotes du Rhone and Gard and have done so since 1922.
This graceful White is a blend using some of the regions traditional grapes: Marsanne, (best known for its role in the celebrated Whites of Hermitage), which gives depth and body to the wine; the historic Bourboulenc which adds zest and citrus aromas, and Clairette which gives fresh fruity flavours to the wine. Rocca Maura is aged on the lees to extract the very best from these grapes and this truly is a lovely blend.
Rocca Maura is great on its own or with fish, especially pan fried trout with almonds thanks to the nutty overtones to this wine. It will pair well with soft cheeses, vegetarian dishes and salads, pork and Mediterranean food. Try it with Bouillabaise or Paella.
Learn more about Roquemaure in Nicks Blog: Homing in on the Rhone – Roquemaure, Birthplace of the Cotes