Château Rollan de By Red Bordeaux Blend Médoc 2005
Since 1989, Rollan de By has found its style. On one hand, the terroir allows it to obtain well-bred and subtle wines and on the other hand, the work carried out in the vineyard and on the wines takes place with the greatest respect for the practices of the Medoc. The grape varieties planted are dominated by Merlot, providing wines with a fat and rounded character and the meticulous ageing magnifies all of their complexity. Jean Guyon, surrounded with well-known consultants as Alain Raynaud, continues the work he star- ted when he bought this domain, in order to stay at the heart of the Bordeaux elite.
Aroma perfumey. Red fruits of raspberry, cherries. Some licorice. Subtle tobacco at the end. Paired nicely with foie GRAS, squab, lamb. Elegant but a bit short at the finish.
This was one of the business class wines served on 2 recent air france flights, and was memorably enjoyable. I didn't expect to find it in this $30 price range, however. At $15-18 it would be an excellent buy.
One half glass
External Reviews for Château Rollan de By Red Bordeaux Blend Médoc
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 70% Merlot 10% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Cabernet Franc 10% Petit Verdot VINEYARDS: 52ha (128 acres) on a clayey-chalky brows dating from the quaternary era. The vines are 35 years old average with a density from 6,500 to 10.000 plants per hectare SUSTAINABLE FARMING: Leaf-plucking & shoot thinning, green harvesting (one grape per cane), laying a permanent or punctual vineyard cover crop, creating large canopy area to allow good aeration, sustainable treatments and amendments WINEMAKING: Cold pre-fermentation in stainless steel tanks, long maceration between 40 and 45 days at 28°C in new oak barrel on fine lees, malolactic fermentation & lees stirring in barrel, Diatomites Earth filtration BARREL AGEING: Micro-bullage, aged on lies with regular bâtonnage during 3 months. 18 months aged in tanks and oak barrels (95% French oak and 5% American oak) - Winery
Wine Advocate ReviewRated 90Readers looking for a cru bourgeois made like a classified growth should check out this offering from proprietor Jean Guyon and consultant Dr. Alain Raynaud. The 2005 is a beautifully pure, medium to full-bodied effort displaying notes of unsmoked cigar tobacco interwoven with cedar, black currant, white chocolate, and a hint of new saddle leather. Enjoy this charming, seriously endowed Medoc over the next 12-15 years.