‘Roy‘ is the old spelling for ‘roi‘ in French and the name ‘Terres du Roy‘ means ‘lands of the king’...
The vineyards are situated on land which was once two lakes, Rochefort and Pujaut. The lakes were artificially drained in 1612 to provide feuding parties more land for agricultural use. The wine is vinified in a modern winery that was renovated in 2001.
The vineyards are planted on soils covered with pebbles located on hills overlooking the Pujaut plain, seven kilometres north of Avignon. The vines are on average 40 years old and the vineyards are managed sustainably. As the vineyards are located in the Southern Rhone, the wines here are riper and richer with al little more body.
The 2013 season was a tricky one with up to a 30% reduction in yields. This was due to a cold spring with a difficult flowering which subsequently also delayed the harvest, among the latest ever. Mildew pressure was heavy early in June, but thankfully, drier, warmer weather prevailed over the second half of the season, allowing the producer to pick healthy grapes in early October.
The wine is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and has no oak influence, resulting in a wine with intense primary fruit aromas and vibrancy.
This Côtes du Rhône has an enticing nose that is ripe and concentrated, full of black and red berried fruit. It is supple, rich yet balanced with crisp acidity. It‘s delightful to drink now, on its own or paired with charcuterie, lamb or beef dishes.
Liberty Wines customers can order this wine directly from us.