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2015 Château Rol Valentin

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April 9, 2020 - $42

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RATINGS

93Vinous / IWC

Plush, deep and totally seductive. Layers of dark stone fruit, mocha, chocolate, new leather and spice …. opulent, rich personality. Raspberry jam, cinnamon, mint and rose petal notes infuse the creamy, voluptuous finish.

92Wine Spectator

A toasty, muscular style, with a ganache edge pulling plum skin, fig paste and currant preserve flavors along and eventually catching up. A loamy spine and a flash of tobacco give the finish direction.

92James Suckling

A firm and tight red with plum, berry and chocolate character. Structured and juicy. Medium to full body. A savory finish. Needs two or three years to soften. .

90-92The Wine Advocate

A rich and opulent bouquet with plush blueberry and crème de cassis fruit, violets tucked just behind. The palate is full-bodied with dense but not jammy black fruit, quite structured with a dash of spice towards the powerful finish.

REGION

France, Bordeaux, St.-Émilion

Saint-Émilion is on the east side of the Dordogne River. At 13,400 acres it is one of Bordeaux’s largest appellations, and perhaps its most picturesque. It is also home to what has been called “the garagiste” movement of upstart, tradition-defying winemakers who produce artisanal wines in styles that are unconventional for the appellation. The village of Saint-Émilion dates from the middle ages and it sits on low hills, surrounded by ancient walls. Like its neighbor Pomerol, Saint-Émilion was not included in the famous Bordeaux classification system of 1855. But a century later a ranking system was put in place, and unlike the classification system for the Medoc, the Saint-Émilion system is reviewed every ten years, meaning that estates can be upgraded or downgraded. There are three rankings: Grand Cru Classé, Premier Grand Cru Classé B and Premier Grand Cru Classé A, with the final ranking being the best. Such legendary Saint-Émilion estates as Châteaux Ausone and Cheval-Blanc are Premier Grand Cru Classé A, along with Châteaux Pavie and Angélus, both added to the classification in 2012. Wines in this appellation are primarily Merlot, mixed with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.