Chateau Rol Valentin 2010
Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
James Suckling - "This has lots of salty, juicy and enticing character to it. Full and velvety with gorgeous fruit So sexy. So sexy and elegant. Wonderful freshness too. Bright and sassy.
Barrel Sample: 94-95 Points"
Wine Spectator - "Rounded and ripe, with dark blackberry and boysenberry flavors melded with ganache, melted black licorice and Black Forest cake. Lush, but with a lovely smoldering charcoal hint to keep this honest on the finish. Best from 2014 through 2025."
The Wine Advocate - "A strong showing from this blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc that hit 14.7% natural alcohol, the 2010 Rol Valentin exhibits oodles of sweet black currant and black raspberry fruit along with some toasty oak and a note of charcoal embers in a full-bodied, opulent, showy, even flamboyant style that seems to beg comparison to 2009."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright, deep red. Wild, musky red fruits and graphite on the nose, complicated by licorice and minerals. Sweet and silky on entry, then tight but smooth in the middle, with a delicate quality to the red fruit and underbrush flavors. The mildly tannic, moderately long finish features attractive perfume. I'm a big fan of this property, but this version seems almost too understated. Perhaps its second year in barrel and time in bottle will bring more weight and flesh.
Barrel Sample: 88-91 Points"
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Chateau Rol Valentin Winery
In June 1994, Eric Prissett - the former professional footballer bought a property in Bordeaux. This consited of a traditional stone house surrounded by vines in the heart of the Saint-Emillion apellation.
The vineyard, attentively tended by its new owner, quickly grew and was renamed Rol Valentin. Prissette has always attached great importance to producing the most magnificent, flamboyant, and concentrated wines possible. He works with meticulous care to embody the magic of Saint-Emilion in his wine. View all Chateau Rol Valentin Wines
About St-Emilion(saint eh-meel-YOHN)
A region named after the charming, quaint historical town in Bordeaux, St-Émilion is situated on the right bank of Bordeaux. It's grapes of choice are Merlot and Cabernet Franc (called Bouchet on the right bank). The region has its own classification system, updated and revised every few years. Two of the hottest chateaux of the area (and the only Premier Grand Cru Classé A) are Chateau Ausone and Chateau Cheval Blanc.
St.-Émilion produces the most wine on the right bank of Bordeaux. As most of its wine is based primarily on Merlot, St-Emilion wines are described as having finesse and elegance. The best wine of the region can last upward of 10-20 years, like a good left-banker, but many find that the wines here matuer earlier than those based on Cabernet Sauvignon. The soils in the area differ greatly, from gravel to limestone to clay and sand. As a result, the wines of this region are diverse. Quality wines display silky tannins and ripe, soft fruit – the higher quality wine showing full-bodied texture and layers of complexity.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.