Christian Roche is a self-proclaimed fifth generation 'paysan vigneron' who cultivates 47 hectares of vines in and around Bergerac and Monbazillac, 32 of them are planted with white grape varieties. Ten years ago the idea of a proud French farmer declaring himself a 'peasant' would have been unthinkable, but today it is not surprising. In a world of increasing homogenisation, mechanisation and globalisation, intelligent independent winemakers are acutely aware of their long-standing traditions, passed down through families, and their relationship with the land of which they rely for their livelihood. To that end Christian, now eschews all chemical fertilizers and pesticides and has gained organic certification for his entire output.
The Domaine de l'Ancienne Cure Bergerac Sec is a blend of 30% Semillon and 70% Sauvignon vinified in stainless steel, without seeing any oak, and has attractive spring blossom scents and a zesty, citrus-edged palate with a whistle-clean finish. It is a reliable cocktail hour pick-me-up or partner to salads and seafood.