Chateau Saint Roch

At worst the Roussillon is seen as an appendage of the Languedoc. Slightly better, but still not great, is the temptation to see it as monolithic, when in reality there are a range of terroirs from the coastal plain, to the three valleys which succeed each other from the north to the south, to the unique spot where the Pyrenees meet the sea. While Jean-Marc is best known for his vineyards south of Perpignan he grew up near Maury where, as a teenager, he tended his first vineyard and made his first wine. So when the opportunity presented to purchase an estate here, how could he refuse?

Maury is probably best know for its aged, fortified wines, which means that it's really not that well known at all. When was the last time you had a Maury? Located in the Agly Valley, this region of the Roussillon is rugged, sheltered, and warm with distinctive black schist soils. These are the characteristics that make the terroir unique and in recognition of this fact as well as the prevailing trend in favor of dry wines, the AOC of Maury Sec was created. Maury Sec is darker, more mineral and more brooding in general than wines from the rest of the Roussillon. Grenache, not surprisingly, is the main grape along with smaller plantings of Syrah, Carignan and Mourvedre. Saint Roch even makes a small quantity of white wine from Grenache Blanc and Marsanne.

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Chateau Saint-Roch Roubials Rouge 2016
94  Jeb Dunnuck 
Jeb Dunnuck 91-94 "The 2016 Côtes Catalanes Roubials is an old vine blend of Grenache and Syrah sourced from the Agly Valley in the Roussillon region of France. This deep purple colored beauty is a powerful, ripe, sexy beauty packed with notions of black raspberry and black cherry fruit intermixed
Item Number: 32301
Case: $227.40

Chateau Saint-Roch Chimeres 2016
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "From yields as low as 15 hectoliters per hectare (less than half of the maximum allowed in Châteauneuf-du-Pape), the 2016 Chimeres is 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah, half aged in demi-muids, the other half in concrete tanks. The wine showcases red fruit (cherries and raspberries),
Item Number: 31275
Case: $191.40

Chateau Saint-Roch 'Kerbuccio' Maury Sec 2016
96  Decanter 
Decanter 96 "Lovely kirsch nose with bags of ripe and authentic Maury fruit. The palate is round, fleshy and warm with a delicious richness of oak, vanilla flavour and intense and complex finish. Lovely wine that's beautifully balanced with great typicity. Full-bodied and very polished." *Gold
Item Number: 31254
Case: $239.40

Chateau Saint-Roch Chimeres 2015
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "Giving up jammy notes of black raspberries, licorice, smoked herbs and chocolate, the 2015 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Chimeres (aged in demi-muid and concrete vates) needs to be snatched up by savvy readers. Full-bodied, deep and layered with incredible texture, I actually

Chateau Saint-Roch Chimeres 2014
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90-92 "The 2014 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Chimeres is mostly Grenache, yet includes 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. Aged in a combination of concrete tank and demi-muid, it makes the most of this difficult vintage and have terrific purity in its raspberry, violet, licorice and

Chateau Saint-Roch Vieilles Vignes Blanc 2014
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "The 2014 Côtes du Roussillon Vieilles Vignes is a terrific, medium-bodied, bright and juicy effort that’s loaded with notions of citrus blossom, lime and hints of green herbs. Made from 80% Grenache Blanc and 20% Roussanne that was brought up almost exclusively in tank (10% in new

Chateau Saint-Roch Chimeres 2013
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "A joint venture between Jean-Marc Lafage and Eric Solomon, the 2013 Cotes du Roussillon Chimeres is just another example of the brilliance of the 2013 vintage in the Roussillon. Coming all from the schist soils of Maury and a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Carignan that

Chateau Saint-Roch 'Kerbuccio' Maury Sec 2013
95  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 95 "One of the most incredible values I've tasted in a long, long time, the jaw-dropping good 2013 Kerbuccio Maury Sec (this is a new appellation dedicated to dry wines from Maury) is 40% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre and 30% Grenache, all from the black schist soils of Maury, that spent eight

Chateau Saint-Roch Chimeres 2012
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "Made from 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Carignan, the 2012 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Chimeres is mind-blowing stuff that comes from 100- to 105-year-old vines and spent 8-12 months in a combination of 500-liter barrels and concrete vats. From primarily schist soils, it boast

Chateau Saint-Roch 'Kerbuccio' Maury Sec 2012
90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90 "The 2012 Kerbuccio is from the newly created appellation of Maury Sec, which is a classification above Cotes du Roussillon Villages. From pure black schist soils, this blend of 40% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre and 30% Grenache aged in concrete offers wonderful flowery notes (violets)

Chateau Saint-Roch Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2013
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "The 2013 Cotes du Roussillon Vieilles Vignes Blanc is comprised of 80% Grenache Blanc and 20% Marsanne brought up all in concrete tank. Rich and honeyed, with gorgeous minerality, it offers up hints of pineapple and tangerine to go with a medium to full-bodied, textured and

Chateau Saint-Roch 'Kerbuccio' Cotes du Roussillon 2011
95  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 95 "The backside of this region is Corbieres, but this opaque purple-colored 2011 Kerbuccio would blow away just about any Corbieres. A wine of great intensity, it offers up copious floral, blackberry and blueberry fruit intermixed with hints of charcoal, scorched earth and wet rocks.

Chateau Saint-Roch 'Chimeres' Cotes du Rousillon 2011
92  Rhone Report 
Rhone Report 92 "A joint venture between Jean-Marc Lafage and Importer Eric Solomon, the 2011 Château Saint-Roch Côtes du Roussillon Villages Chimères comes from 100-105 year old vines and is a mix of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Carignan that spent 8 to 12 months in a combination of 500-Liter

Chateau Saint-Roch 'Chimeres' Cotes du Roussillon 2008
91  Wine Advocate 
 Wine Advocate 91 "Chateau Saint Roch's 2008 Cotes du Roussillon Chimeres brims with ripe cherry fruit, although - surprisingly - it is a bit warmer even than the 2009. Polished in texture and glycerin-rich, the notes of cherry pit and iodine in the long finish of this Syrah-Grenache-Carignan blend