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Date Printed: 12/18/2014
Chateau Rollan de By  2005
Chateau Rollan de By 2005
(search item no. 101654)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

12 months in 100% new French oak barrels. Full body, excellent ripeness, and a spicy, long finish. Very attractive aromas of crushed berries, chocolate and light vanilla compliment the well integrated tannins, and long caressing finish. Blend: 70% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Petit Verdot.
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About Château Rollan de By:

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.