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Date Printed: 7/31/2014
Chateau Haut Condissas  2005
Chateau Haut Condissas 2005
(search item no. 101648)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $65.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

18 months in 100% new French oak barrels.
My Notes:

About Chateau Haut Condissas:

In 1989, at the beginning of this challenge, Rollan de By only had a surface area of two hectares. Today, after the arrival of Haut Condissas, Tour Seran and La Clare, the estates account for a total of more than 85 hectares under production. Always trained with the greatest care, the vineyard is in an irreproachable state. As soon as he arrived, Jean Guyon initiated a rationalised cultivation policy. He respects the environment and returns to a traditional vine growing while taking the advantage of new technologies. In order to recover a natural ecosystem, the vines are replanted and active natural fertilizers are chosen. Grassing and regular soil analyses are carried out in order to compensate for eventual deficiencies. Green harvest is practised on the most productive plots to control the yield and obtain an optimal maturity. The harvest marks a decisive period for Rollan de By . The search for phenolic maturity is the watchword, the quantity of sugar alone is not a sufficient criteria to appreciate the maturity of the grape. Hand picking, collecting in small crates, strict sorting at the cellar and de-stemming : everything is done to protect the berries of Rollan de By until they reach the vat.