24.04.15

A Rare Rosé From Clos Rocailleux In Gaillac

Press Release

 

A Rare Rosé From Clos Rocailleux In Gaillac

"We want to make fantastic wines from heritage grape varieties, and have fun doing it!"

Jack Reckitt, Owner Winemaker

 

British couple Jack and Margaret Reckitt discovered, fell in love with and purchased their 13ha domaine in Gaillac in 2012.  "We found Clos Rocailleux with its small parcels of south-facing heritage grapes on great terroir and knew this was the place," says Winemaker Jack.

 

Winemaking is a second career for Jack, who left the insurance market to sort out a chronic back problem, enrolled in a Viticulture & Oenology degree at Plumpton College in 2007 and simply never looked back.  After graduation, Jack went to work at Napa's Clos du Val and this was followed by a trip around the wine world with wife Margaret.  Time spent in Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Australia and even India's Bangalore wineries   helped formulate the couple's winemaking philosophy which is to grow the best fruit they can and then intervene as little as possible in the winery to let the expression of the individual parcels shine through.

 

The Clos Rocailleux wines can be found at rare grape specialist Red Squirrel Wine, who reported that the Reckitt's rosé was their top-selling rosé in 2014.

 

Clos Rocailleux Braucol Rosé 2013 12% ABV

Chez Rocailleux IGP Côtes-du-Tarn

£ 11.99, www.redsquirrelwine.com;  £12.99 All Branches Of Corks Out in-store from May

 

 

Made from 100% Braucol grapes, also known as Fer Servadou.  This is a variety only found in South West France, and is generally used for making red wines.  Gaillac produces very little rosé wine, so the Reckitt's Braucol Rosé is a real rarity.

 

The grapes for this wine are from a 1.5ha parcel called 'Le Combe', planted in 2001.  Situated a 5 minute tractor drive from the winery, the vineyard has a south west gradient, which ensures great exposure to the sun throughout the day.  At 280m above sea level, the evenings and nights are cooler which in turn helps preserve the acidity in the grapes.  Soils are a mix of limestone, clay, alluvial silt and sand: the clay helps retain water for the vines, while the limestone serves the dual purpose of preventing the soil becoming too boggy while also helping

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the vines to root deeply.   Jack believes that the limestone soils also give a higher level of aromatic intensity to the wine.

 

The 2013 vintage "kept the vignerons on their toes," according to Jack.  It was cool, with more rainfall than usual, and whilst a tricky year for reds, the rosés fared well with good levels of acidity, albeit lower yields: around 35-50% lower than the preceding year.

 

Grapes were harvested on the morning of 11th October and underwent a three hour maceration to achieve the desired pale pink colour.  Fermentation took place at low temperatures (13°-14°C) for around 18 days in order to retain maximum varietal aroma, and the wines were then aged for 9 months in tank before bottling.

 

Jack and Margaret's ambition in making this wine is to produce something with as much authentic flavour as possible.  A fragrant rose petal nose belies a richer palate with wild strawberries, raspberries and refreshing red fruits.  The finish is long, lean and mineral.  Jack and Margaret enjoy this wine "as it comes and preferably with a dollop of southern French sunshine"; serve also with charcuterie and fresh summer salads.

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The Reckitt's inaugural 2012 vintage at Clos Rocailleux received a number of awards, including Silver Medals from the Decanter World Wine Awards, the Concours des Grands Vins de France à Macôn and the Concours de Vignerons Indépendents.

 

Further information: emma wellings pr - 020 8996 5168 / emma@ew-pr.co.uk