2005 - Ch Rol Valentin Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
06A5ROLVB _ 2005 - Ch Rol Valentin Grand Cru Classé St Emilion - 12x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Rol Valentin
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2012 - 2025
Case size
12x75cl
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2005 CH ROL VALENTIN GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Rol Valentin
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2012 - 2025
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
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Case price £626.14 (Inc. VAT)
 
Case price £572.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2006,
    Score: 89-92+

    They have made an excellent 2005. Rich with lush flavours of dark berried fruit that are stratified into its full-bodied and concentrated palate. The best wine yet from this château. Drink 2012 - 2025.

  • RP3

    Robert Parker, June 2015,
    Score: 92

    A sexy, full-bodied, very drinkable style of 2005, Eric Prissette’s 2005 Rol Valentin displays loads of black cherry fruit, licorice, Christmas fruitcake and spice. Full-bodied and opulent, it can be drunk over the next 10-15 years.

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, April 2008,
    Score: 93+

    Proprietor Eric Prissette has fashioned a sensational 2005 with the assistance of consultant Stephane Derenoncourt. It boasts a deep purple color as well as a perfume of charcoal, smoked herbs, crushed rocks, blackberries, ripe cherries, and espresso beans. This full-bodied, formidably endowed St.-Emilion possesses high tannin, abundant extract, superb texture, and admirable purity. A beauty, it may be the finest Rol Valentin made to date. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2007,
    Score: 91-93

    Former rugby player Eric Prissette consistently fashions excellent wines from various parcels in St.-Emilion. At the urging of consultant Stephane Derencourt, Prissette keeps crop yields low (27 hectoliters per hectare), and practices such winemaking techniques as cold soaks, month-long macerations, malolactic in barrel, and aging on lees. The 2,000 cases produced each year are gobbled up by enthusiastic consumers looking for wines that will be drinkable during their first 10-15 years of life. The 1995 is just now hitting its peak, so I suspect Rol Valentin's agingpotential is even longer. The 2005 reveals sweet black cherry notes intermixed with espresso roast, black currants, dried herbs, and spice. The vintage's fresh acidity and moderately high tannin comethrough in the mouth, but they are well-integrated, and the wine's admirable concentration balancesout the formidable structure. However, this effort will not be as charming in its youth as other recent vintages. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020+.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, Wine Advoacte April 2006,
    Score: 92-94

    Former rugby player Eric Prissette continues to demonstrate a sure touch with his small plots planted in different sections of St.-Emilion. Yields in 2005 were a tiny 27 hectoliters per hectare, and the blend was 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaking consultant Stephane Derenoncourt has fashioned an elegant, but powerful, dense blue/purple-colored 2005 revealing a sweet nose of blue and black fruits intermixed with notions of crushed rocks, subtle oak, creme de cassis, and blueberries. Full-bodied, with moderately high tannin, good acidity, and superb definition as well as length, it should be at its peak between 2011-2024.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2006,
    Score: 16.5

    Mid crimson. Pretty inexpressive on the nose. Sweet start and then chewy. Quite brutal at this stage. Very marked acidity which gives the wine its framework and then one waits for the fruit to fill in the hole. Dramatic but terribly youthful. Very dry and tight. Ready to taste even? This is a wine made by Derenoncourt whose malos have been notoriously late this year. Drink 2015-25.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2006,
    Score: 95-100

    Currant and blackberry aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Lovely fruit and class in this. Always impressive in serious vintages. Sweet and seductive. Best ever.

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Producer

Château Rol Valentin

Rol Valentin was purchased in 1994 by ex-footballer, Eric Prissette. Following his takeover, he brought in consulting oenologist, Stéphane Derenoncourt. Their goal is to produce a wine that is more modern in style with ripe, clean fruit and velvety tannins.

Region

St Emilion

South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.