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DOMAINE DES ROCHES FORTES

Description of the DomainePropriety of about twenty hectares on Vaison la Romaine (Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône village) as well as Crestet (Vetoux) The vineyard is exclusively located on hillsides, in an area where the vine borders the pine forest and the scrubland, thus bringing a welcome but sometimes difficult to manage organic diversity... Ubiquitous rocky ground,...

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(84) Vaucluse

Description of the DomainePropriété of
about twenty hectares on Vaison la Romaine (Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône village) as
well as Crestet (Vetoux). The

vineyard is exclusively located on hillsides, in an area where the vine borders the pine forest and the scrubland, thus providing a welcome but sometimes

difficult to manage

bio-diversity

...

Ubiquitous rocky subsoil, which contributes to the qualitative character of these plots and to the extreme to make them difficult to cultivate because they are

too dry.

This omnipresence of rock is at the origin of the

domain

's name

.

On these unproductive soils, Grenache Noir has long ruled as a master, and even if it now has to share some of its territory with Syrah, it represents 65% of our vines

.

By recently planting Viognier on 1 hectare, Muscat petits grains and Marsanne, we have extended our range of

wines.

This combination of hillsides and clay soils produces very rich, concentrated wines, since they are produced with a low yield and a minimum of inputs.

Our story

The little storyWe
are now
only two of us working on the estate:

Jean-Luc, from a rather "classic" winegrowing family, without being very old, since my grandfather, Felix Brunel, was a quarry worker (already the presence of rocks!) before

buying vines or planting them.

My father, René Brunel, "settled" for producing grapes, sold to a winemaker, and diversified the company with

apricots and plums.

When I started in 1985, we created a winemaking cellar and produced wines

mainly for trading....

In 2000 my father can enjoy a

well-deserved retirement.

Since then, I have abandoned arboriculture and decided to direct the vineyard towards better quality and greater respect for the environment, which has led to a significant decrease in production and a desire to better promote

bottled wine.

This shift is accentuated by the growing collaboration of my partner, Hélène, since 2008, who, with her non-agricultural background, brings a new and passionate perspective

to our profession.
What makes us different? Perhaps an extremely critical view of the profession? It begins with the tasting of our products, the quality of which we would like to constantly improve
.
Our greatest pride: To succeed, without adhering to a charter like the organic one, in producing more and more naturally, in the vineyard as well as in the cellar...
to be
able to control a recurrent and devastating grape parasite like powdery mildew by treating it fairly and effectively, to be able to rely on the technical skills of our oenologist, but to know how to resist it when he tells us to adjust the sulphur content of our wine for greater safety or when he tells us the merits of an oenological product
...

Other little stories


Night harvest with 4 legs: All our vineyard plots are surrounded by woods, where many wild boars and roe deer frolic happily... but the first cities have a slightly too strong taste for ripe grapes... One year I decided to wait an additional 15 days to harvest a small parcel of grenache late.
On the appropriate day, I explained to my worker at the time to go with 3 other pickers and start picking until I arrived with the tractor and the bucket. But surprise, when I arrived, I found them sitting there talking. Immediately the worker told me "you made a mistake, it's already been harvested
!

" Surprised, I walked between the vines and could only see that he was right... except that the pickers who had preceded us were in fact wild boars, who had ransacked these carefully preserved grenaches, and indeed we could not harvest anything, so much they had regaled themselves with these last grapes of the slopes

...

Since then, the situation has not improved, except that we protect the earliest or most sensitive plots with an electric fence.

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7€80
DOMAINE DES ROCHES FORTES
Vallée du Rhône - IGP Vaucluse
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