Chateau Rollan de By 2006
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Product Code: 10055
Cru Borgeois Bordeaux at its best. We think this is wine with a WOW factor. Currently being served on Air France A380 Buisness Class. Recently out-ranked Chateau Margaux and Chateau Cheval Blanc in a blind tasting.
Jean Guyon is the owner of Château Rollan de By. He has taken all the necessary financial and human steps to make Rollan de By a reference point in this appellation. Twenty years ago, when he purchased this domain, he launched a daring initiative to improve quality and extended the vineyard. Traditional vine growing systems were adopted. Vines were replanted and natural fertilizers used to support the recovery of the natural ecosystem. On an impressive deep soil of gravel, Jean Guyon produces wines that were every bit as good as the classified-growths. The vines on the 45 hectare vineyard have an average age of 35 years.
Winemakers Alain Raynaud and master Italian winemaker Riccardo Cotarella advise Jean Guyon. While unusual for the French to be advised by an Italian winemaker, is not as strange as it seems as the Cotarella family estate in Lazio, Falesco, is famed for its 100% Merlot wine, Montiano. Berry Brothers in London describe this Chateau as "a very reliable source of good value Medoc"
Recently this wine outranked Chateau Margaux and Chateau Cheval Blanc in a blind tasting.
Region/Terroir: Médoc –Cru bourgeois
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), Merlot (70%), Petit Verdot (10%).
Soil: Clayey-chalky gravel hills.
Alcohol: 13% VOL
Wine making: Grapes picked by hand. Fermentation occurs at low temperatures in stainless steel, temperature controlled vats. Malolactic fermentation occurs partially in new oak barrels. The wine is aged in oak for 16 months.
Cellaring potential: A wine that will achieve full maturity a decade from the vintage, but which enjoys such balance that it can be enjoyed in its youth. Parker suggest drinking over the next decade (see below)
Our Tasting notes: This wine had a WOW factor in a large line up of wines from the Médoc. Lifted nose with some floral (violet) notes. Gorgeous mouth feel, round and long with great balance. Complex, blackcurrants and tobacco. As good as many classified growths.
Reviews/Accolades: Parker (28/2/2009): score 89 “Sweet cassis fruit, cedar, tobacco leaf, licorice, and subtle smoke aromas are followed by a wine with impressive ripeness, medium body, and a long, lush, evolved, richly fruity finish. Consume this charming, sensual 2006 over the next decade. Good value.
Revue du Vin de France (6/1/2009): 15.5/20 Maturity: 2010-2020
The restaurants in France serving this wine are a veritable who’s who of famous restaurants. It is a great pleasure to bring this wine to Australia.
Product Code: 10055