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Rol Valentin 2011, St Emilion GCC

We, again, could not re-taste Rol Valentine 2011 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. 2011 is more structured than 2013 and with slightly less intense fruit and tannins, but it was just pleasing. Style is quite elegant with La Fleur and le Gay type of charm and maybe that's the influence is from Stephane Derenocourt and the Robin sisters. Falstaff awarded 91 points and wrote that 2011 gives fine black wild berry fruit, delicate herbal spices, and a hint of nougat. It is juicy, has good complexity, has dark fruit, firm tannins, a pleasant nougat touch, a mineral finish, is elegant, and has good length.

Chateau Rol Valentin has a fascinating history marked by transformation and evolution. It debuted with the challenging 1994 vintage under the name Clos Valentin. The visionary behind Rol Valentin was Eric Prissette, a former European soccer star. In 2009, a new chapter began for Chateau Rol Valentin, as it was acquired by the daughter of Leclerc’s chief wine buyer, Jean-Luc Roche, and her husband, Nicolas Robin, the nephew of the illustrious Robin sisters of the Right Bank. These sisters were the previous owners of Chateau Lafleur and Chateau Le Gay in Pomerol. Under the new ownership, the small vineyard was expanded to its current size, a testament to their commitment and passion for the craft.


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