Château Rol Valentin is one of the new breed of garagiste wines that have emerged in St-Emilion in the last 10 years. These wines are made in minuscule quantities and are usually very deeply coloured, intensely concentrated, and packed with superripe fruit with strong hints of new wood. Rol Valentin has just 5 hectares of vineyards located on the north-western part of the plateau of St-Emilion. Its vineyards are planted with 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Rol Valentin’s grapes are hand harvested and are then fermented in temperature-controlled, wooden tanks. The wine is then aged in 100% new oak barrels for 18 months before being lightly fined (but not filtered) and then bottled.
“There is plenty to like about this medium to full-bodied St.-Emilion, including sweet notes of black currants, cherries, figs, plums, and underbrush. At the same time, the tannins seem slightly elevated and are borderline astringent. There is good density and plumpness, but the jagged finish needs to become better integrated. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2018.” 89+/100 eRobertParker.com