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L'école des vins
This small wine-growing area lies in the northern part of the Vaucluse, bordering on the Drôme Provençal. The vines grow on slopes, sharing a hillside with the prestigious neighbouring Rasteau appellation. Roaix reds are full-bodied and well-structured, but remarkably, also show an appealing freshness. Part of the growing area has spilled over into the plain; here the reds are more easy-drinking, and this is also the preferred terroir for whites and rosés, made only in small quantities. The soil in this area is light and sandy, while on the slopes we find a mix of rounded cobbles and red and grey clay. To find Roaix, just take the famous Route des Dentelles de Montmirail and turn right at Rasteau; it is worth the detour just to see the breath-taking hilltop villages of Séguret and Sablet – very atmospheric!
The appellation’s still red wines must include a minimum of 40% Grenache Noir and a minimum of 25% Syrah and/ or Mourvèdre, with other varieties not exceeding 20% of the blend. These start off with a nose of stone fruit, evolving over time to give notes of leather and truffles. They will age well, and can be cellared for up to ten years. Rosés must contain at least 40% Grenache, 25% Syrah and/or Mourvèdre, and no more than 20% of other authorised grape varieties. White varietals (Grenache, Clairette, Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Viognier) may not account for more than 20% of the blend. Rosés are made by the saignée method or by pressing, and will keep for up to two years. For whites, Grenache White, Clairette, Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Viognier must make up more than 80% of the blend.
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Côtes du Rhône VillagesRoaix
Roaix lies on the tin route, which passed through the Rhône Valley during the Bronze Age, while remains of an underground hypogeum (burial site) confirm there was a settlement here in the Copper Age. In the 12th century, the Knights Templar established a Commanderie at Roaix and developed winegrowing in the area; when the order was dissolved, Roaix became the property of the Avignon Popes, breathing new life into the vineyards. The Roaix-Séguret wine cooperative was established in 1960, and Roaix was awarded Côtes du Rhône Villages Roaix appellation status in 1967.
The Roaix vineyards, tucked between those of Rasteau and Séguret, lie in the commune of Roaix, in the Vaucluse département.
Mediterranean type climate influenced by the Mistral wind.
Limestone/clay soils, the stony terraces of the Ouvèze Tributaries and slopes of decalcified red clay.
97% red1% rosé2% white
Rendement moyen annuel
Superficie de production
4 422 hl