France – Chateau de la Roulerie

About the Winery

This beautiful castle was built around 1450. During the 15th century, it was named “Roulerie” after the Knight “Raul,”who chose to establish his residency there.  The castle was later renamed “la Roulerie,”  which is the current name.  The Comte de Provence, brother of the King of France – Louis the XVI, and also Duke of the Anjou Region, decided to canalize the River Layon in the 18th century.  The project helped the wine traders from the Flemish region (Belgium and Holland), which made famous the great wines of Layon throughout the world.

LOCATION

The Chateau is located in the Anjou District of the Loire Valley, in the community of Saint-Aubin-DeLuigne, north of the village Chaume.  It is built on the top of the hill that overlooks the famous River Layon.

SOIL

Most of the vineyards of Anjou are on the south side of the Loire River.  They are situated on the hillsides well exposed to the south and southwest.  It is less humid and much more temperate than the vineyards of Nantes,           which is situated next to the Atlantic Ocean.  The soil is a mixture of schist, clay, and gravel.  It is one of the driest regions outside of Mediterranean France.

 

Wines

 

Chateau de la Roulerie Chenin Sec

Dry White wine:  100% Chenin Blanc; hand picked at two separate pickings.  Vinified in 2-year-old wood cask and aged for 6 months in oak barrels.  A straw-yellow color with a taste that is powerfully striking and fresh.  Low in acid, with aromatic complexity expressed by dry fruit, hazelnuts, and almonds.  Long aftertaste. “90 in Wine Spectator”, 2015 Critic’s Choice.

Chateau de la Roulerie Rose d’Anjou

Semi dry Rose wine: Sweet and fruity rose wine, 30% Gamay, 70% Grolleau; salmon pink hue, with a bouquet reminiscent of red berries (raspberries and strawberries).  Clear, fresh and tasty finish is balanced by fine acidity.  Excellent step up from White Zinfandel.