Château Rol Valentin, St Emilion Grand Cru, 2004

  Château Rol Valentin

Château Rol Valentin, St Emilion Grand Cru

This has 97% Merlot in the blend, containing much less Cabernet Franc than usual. A wine of focus and breeding, suave sensual tannins giving the lush sweet red berry, herb-infused flavours definition and purpose. Delicious.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Rol Valentin

Rol Valentin is a Grand Cru, located in the appellation of St Emilion.

Appellation: St Emilion

St-Émilion is a very different region to those of the Médoc, dominated by small-holding farmers and estates rather than grand Châteaux. Merlot is widely planted as is Cabernet Franc in some parts. The wines are enormously variable in style depending on the terroir, the grape variety make-up and winemaking style. Loosely the region is divided between the limestone Côtes, Graves or gravelly limestone plateau or the sandy alluvial soils nearer the Dordogne. Traditionally Médoc wines were trade from Bordeaux and St Emilions from Libourne so they have their own classification system separate to that of 1855. The classification is revised every ten years and falls into four categories, St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé
Most of the district's best properties are either on the steep, clay-limestone hillsides immediately below the town or on a gravelly section of the plateau west of St Emilion itself abutting Pomerol. There are several high profile estates in the region, including Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Figeac, Le Dôme, Valandraud and Pavie.