Chateau Rol-Valentine 2013
We could not re-taste Rol Valentine 2013 because of the small, rationed quantities before we wrote. From memory years back, it is of deep dark ruby garnet, with a deep core and bright, violet reflections, shows on the nose ripe dark berry and red cherry fruit, delicate plums and figs, and a hint of nougat. Juicy red forest berry confit, fresh, fine tannins, lively and easy to drink, cherries on the finish, shows a good balance, careful handling of wood, a light-footed food companion. Not much structure, not much tannins, But it was just pleasing. Style quite elegant La Fleur and le Gay, maybe the influence from Stephane Derenocourt and the Robin sisters.
Chateau Rol Valentin does not have a long history it made its debut with the difficult 1994 vintage. Before that, the property was known as Clos Valentin. The founder of Rol Valentin was Eric Prissette, the former European soccer star. In 2009, Chateau Rol Valentin took on a new owner when it was sold to the daughter of Leclerc’s chief wine buyer, Jean-Luc Roche, and her husband, Nicolas Robin, the nephew of the famous Robin sisters of the Right Bank. The Robin sisters previously owned Chateau Lafleur and Chateau Le Gay in Pomerol. The original and smaller vineyard was increased to its current size when the new owners took over.