2010 Chateau Rol Valentin (Case of Six)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92-95
Wine Advocate: 90-93
Vinous Media: 88-91
Jeff Leve: 91-93
Red Wine


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"A very rounded red, already showing an almost creamy texture to its plum sauce, blackberry and melted licorice notes. The long, polished finish makes this seem accessible now, belying the depth that's here. A serious young wine." (WS)

"Composed of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc with 14.5-14.7% alcohol, the 2010 Rol Valentin is the strongest wine this estate has produced in several years. Consultant Stephane Derenoncourt deserves credit for producing this wine, which enjoys an excellent terroir situated near parcels owned by Valandraud and Fleur Cardinale. Its opaque ruby/purple hue is accompanied by plenty of black raspberry, blueberry, toasty oak and floral notes. Opulent, powerful and rich with moderate tannins, it should drink well young yet age easily for 10-15 years." (WA)

"Bright, deep red. Wild, musky red fruits and graphite on the nose, complicated by licorice and minerals. Sweet and silky on entry, then tight but smooth in the middle, with a delicate quality to the red fruit and underbrush flavors. The mildly tannic, moderately long finish features attractive perfume. I'm a big fan of this property, but this version seems almost too understated. Perhaps its second year in barrel and time in bottle will bring more weight and flesh." (IWC)

"Coffee, truffle, cassis, plums and licorice scents fill your glass. Silky in texture and more concentrated than the 2009, the wine ends with floral, plum and fennel flavors. Thanks to investments from the new owners and the efforts of their consultant, Stephane Derenoncourt, this Bordeaux wine from St. Emilion is becoming a property to watch. 91-93 Pts" (JL)