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Date Printed: 5/22/2015
Winemaker's Collection Michel Rolland Cuvee 1 2005
Winemaker's Collection Michel Rolland Cuvee 1 2005
(search item no. 94457)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 5/22/2015: $57.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is a deep red robe with purplish tint. The nose is clean and very expressive with torrefaction aromas. After swirling, the aromas that appear are concentrated red fruit with intense spicy, toasted notes. Smooth on the palate with a concentrated sweet fruit core of blackcurrants, rich dark chocolate and hints of vanilla. Elegant yet powerful and round tannins, well balanced followed by a long finish which persists lengthily on the fruit and toasted notes.

Blend: 63 % Merlot, 37% Cabernet sauvignon

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About Winemaker's Collection:

"This exciting, totally new concept will be fascinating to follow over the ensuing years. The negociant firm of Bordeaux Millesimes decided to launch a wine with a cinematic approach, choosing one of the world’s great winemakers to focus on a single terroir, in this case the vineyard of Chateau d’Arsac in the southern Medoc, and produce 5,000 cases with no compromises. Everything is done at the discretion of the winemaker, from yields, the choice of fermenters, the type of barrels, the time in oak, and the manner in which the wine is bottled. The winemaker will change each year. Episode 1, which will be released in 2007, is produced by Michel Rolland, whose serious image appears on the label. The winemaker for Episode 2 will be the well-known University of Bordeaux professor, Denis Dubourdieu. The choice for Episode 3 will apparently be one of California’s greatest winemakers, assuming the details can be worked out. The following years will be handled by some of the great winemakers of France, California, Italy, Spain, Australia, and elsewhere. All will be utilizing the same terroir, but will obviously be faced with vintage variations, yet will have carte blanche to do whatever they want. Since these winemakers all possess brilliant resumes (and egos to match in some cases), this will be a serious competition among the creme de la creme."
-Robert Parker, Wine Advocate