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Roucas Toumba

Vacqueyras, Rhône • France

Roucas Toumba, a small vineyard owned by the Bouletin family in the town of Vacqueyras, took its name—meaning “the fallen rock” in old Provençal—from the ancient name of the area. The family is one of the oldest in the village, with records containing the Bouletin name dating back to 1580. Eric Bouletin, the current winemaker, dropped out of school when he was 16, after his father died, to help his mother with the 4-hectare domaine (planted mostly in 80+-year-old vines of Grenache).

empty trees silhouetted against darkening blue sky

He sold his grapes to a co-op until 2000, when he decided to build his own cellar and bottle his production. Today, he farms 16 hectares. As Eric has always felt close to nature, it seemed natural to cultivate his vines organically. “Remain free, live off the land” has been Eric’s goal since he started. In addition to the winemaking, Eric also serves as the artist for many of the estate’s labels. The “Restanques de Cabassole” is completely destemmed, vinified in concrete tanks, and aged for 18 months in 500- and 225-liter barrels.


Pichot Roucas VDP

Les Restanques de Cabassole Vacqueyras

clear sign with black Roucas Toumba logo on stucco wall
cardboard boxes with Roucas Toumba logo sit beneath a tank made of corks
vegetation near green vineyard
olive trees and poppies by a stone wall
man harvesting grapes
cream-colored stucco winery building
dusty wooden wine barrels in dark cellar
brown wine label with black text and logo