Chateau Rollan de By 2008
Product Code: 10055/08
Cru Borgeois Bordeaux at its best. We think this is wine with a WOW factor for taste and value for money. Currently being served on Air France A380 Business Class. Two stars in the French wine review bible, Guide Hachette. Four stars Decanter Magazine (UK)
This is what Oz wine-writer Winsor Dobbin said recently in naming this wine his wine of the week...
"The price of some of the more prestigious Bordeauxs has put them beyond the reach of mortals with budgets; but there is still some great "claret" available to those without a black American Express card. This is a case in point, a very impressive Cru Bourgeois from the ever-growing stable of Jean Guyon, who also owns the renowned Chateau Greysac. This Medoc blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot is soft and understated without any hints of greenness. There are moccha and ripe fruit aromas while the medium-bodied palate is blessed with an appealing structure with dark blackcurrant and restrained oak to the fore. Perfumed and elegant, it was an excellent match for a beef casserole. I liked this a lot."
Jean Guyon is the owner of Château Rollan de By. He has taken all the necessary financial and technical 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"
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 and blackcurrant/cassis. Gorgeous mouth feel,soft, round and long with great balance. Complex palate , blackcurrants, liquorice notes and tobacco. As good as many classified growths.
Winner of the Best Sommelier in the World in 2007, Andreas Larsson, reviews the wine in this short video.
Reviews/Accolades: Wine Spectator (2010) : score 90 “Ripe but restrained, with nicely sinewy embedded, structure carrying solid black currant, black cherry and fig fruit, followed by graphite and sweet earth on the finish"
All published scores for this wine are here on wine-searcher
|Critic||Score||When to drink|
|CellarTracker||87/100 (62 notes from 51 users )|
|Decanter||16.7/20||2012 to 2018|
|Gault & Millau||15/20|
|Vinum Wine Magazine||14.5/20||2014 to 2020
Gold Medal in Paris Wine show (Concours Général Paris 2010)
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: 10055/08