AOC Languedoc: Domaine Roquemale 'Le Petit Roq' 2022

Five litres* of organic Southern French red – what’s not to like? That's the equivalent of 6.66 bottles - at £11.25 each. A veritable vin de soif, Valérie and Dominique Ibanez’s Syrah, Carignan, Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre blend is a refreshing, versatile ‘go-to’ red wine with oodles of black berry aromas with torn cherries and a touch of spice on the finish.

5L Bag in Box
5L Bag in Box (Case)
Tasting Notes

From iron-rich red limestone soils on steeply-terraced vineyards near Montpellier, this five-grape blend is hand-picked from the fruit of younger vines giving a level of freshness and vivacity to the finished wine.

Valérie and Dominique suggest enjoying it either with tapas or charcuterie as an aperitif or with grilled meats, charred vegetables or tomato-based pasta dishes.

*Equivalent to 6.66 bottles or in old money, 20 large glasses (250ml servings), over 28 medium glasses (175ml) or 40 party servings (125ml).

This 5-litre Bag in box can be kept for 4 to 6 weeks after opening or up to 9 months unopened. It’s a fun and portable method for drinking well at picnics, garden parties and festivals (Glyndebourne or Glastonbury)! Please recycle components separately, removing the bag from the box.

About this wine
StyleRed Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine RegionLanguedoc, Hérault
Grape Variety (Cépage)Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre, Syrah
Food & Wine MatchingBeef, Casserole, Charcuterie, Lamb, Mushrooms
CellarageDrink within 4 to 6 weeks after opening. Store for up to 9 months unopened.
VinificationHand-picked fruit is harvested at night and each parcel is destemmed, lightly crushed and macerated for 8 days with daily pumping over. Vinified separately and matured in tank for 5 months before bottling.
Alcohol By Volume (%)13

Domaine de Roquemale

In 2001, Dominique & Valérie Ibanez purchased 10 hectares of vines in the village of Villeveyrac, just south-west of Montpellier. The vines are situated in a small valley behind an old, disused railway viaduct, an image that was chosen as the emblem of the Domaine.

Formerly producing wines largely under the Pays de l'Hérault IGP, in 2024, their vines are largely classified as AOC Languedoc – Grés de Montpellier. Approximately 25+ years old, their vignoble is surrounded by garrigue on gentle hillsides of clay and limestone with a very stoney surface. A lot of the soil is red because of the bauxite ore found nearby. 'Roquemale' in the Languedoc language means poor soil, which can be positive for the vines, as it produces few grapes with greater concentration. The microclimate there is heavily influenced by its proximity to the sea and the saltwater lagoons of the Bassin de Thau running along the coastline. Cooling winds refresh the vines at night and the constant movement of air mediates the heat of the sun.


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