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Rolland Collection

By Michel Rolland, Bordeaux, France
The Rolland Collection includes a range of Bordeaux wines with 5 appellations from the right bank, where the Rolland family originated. Everything is organised and harmonised within the family, from vinification to sales, from the vine to the wine. Respect, sensitivity, culture, open-mindedness and passion are all family traits. The objective is not to produce "First Growths" everywhere, nor to make identical wines all around the world, but simply to allow each wine to express the full potential of its terroir. Building on family know-how, scientific education, curiosity, and intuition, they have done their best to understand all the significant factors of winegrowing, encompassing every aspect, from soil to people - a highly complex, yet fascinating task, sparking enthusiasm and excitement.

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Mariflor Sauvignon Blanc
Château La Grande Clotte 2008 AOC Bordeaux Blanc

Reveals precise, intensely aromatic personalities, lighter bodies, and more noticeable acidity. Full-bodied, with intense sliced pineapple and lemon peel character on the nose and palate. Racy and fresh.
89-91 points: Robert Parker

Mariflor Pinot Noir
Château La Grande Clotte 2011 AOC Bordeaux Blanc

Reveals precise, intensely aromatic personalities, lighter bodies, and more noticeable acidity. Full-bodied, with intense sliced pineapple and lemon peel character on the nose and palate. Racy and fresh.
89 points: Robert Parker
89-90 points: Wine Spectator

Val de Flores
Château Rolland-Maillet 2004 Grand Cru Saint-Emilion

The delicious wine is neither powerful nor complex. It is a deliciously fruity St.-Emilion offering plenty of sweet kirsch notes interwoven with spice and earth. Medium-bodied as well as supple-textured.
90 points: Wine Spectator (2006 vintage)
87 points: Robert Parker

Yacochuya
Château Rolland-Maillet 2010 Grand Cru Saint-Emilion

The delicious wine is neither powerful nor complex. It is a deliciously fruity St.-Emilion offering plenty of sweet kirsch notes interwoven with spice and earth. Medium-bodied as well as supple-textured.
90 points: Wine Spectator (2006 vintage)
87-88 points: Robert Parker (2011 vintage)

Yacochuya
Château Fontenil 2008 AOC Fronsac

Dense ruby/purple colour. A big, sweet kiss of acacia flowers, crushed rocks, blueberries, black raspberries and currants. Excellent minerality, medium to full body, sweet tannin, and a fleshy, full-bodied mouthfeel.
90-92 points: Robert Parker

Yacochuya
Château Fontenil 2005 AOC Fronsac

Sweet raspberry, black currant, crushed rock, and spring flower aromas emerge from this medium-bodied wine. It possesses beautiful concentration and purity, structured tannins and potential ageability. There is no doubting the consistent quality that emerges from this top-notch estate.
90+ points: Robert Parker
89-91 points: Wine Spectator

Yacochuya
Le Defi de Fontenil 2008

100% Merlot. Full and round, with velvety tannins and a chew yet soft texture. Delicious. Shows lots of bright fruit. Even more than the normal Fontenil.
90-92 points: Robert Parker
89-91 points: Wine Spectator
In 2000, Dany and Michel Rolland, while seeking quality, placed plastic sheeting on the soil between the rows of vines on some plots in Ch Fontenil to prevent rain penetration during the month preceding the harvest. The National Institute of Appellations of Origin considered that this practice could lead to the terroir being modified and that the resulting wine could not have the appellation, but would be called “Vin de Table”. The experiment was renewed over three vintages, and each time the results were conclusive, giving the grapes riper tannins, better sugar/acidity balance and unequalled density, suppleness and style to the wines. Today “Défi de Fontenil” remains the top cuvée, with limited production, still a “vin de table”, justifying its name – a true defiance!

Yacochuya
Château Le Bon Pasteur 2008 AOC Pomerol

A wine possessing extraordinarily dense fruit, an inky/ruby/purple colour, sweet tannin and sumptuous aromatic and flavour profiles. It offers sweet berry, mocha, caramel and flowery characteristics, gentle but substantial tannins and sensational concentration. There is no hint of aggressiveness. Probably the most complete and potentially complex and concentrated Bon Pasteur ever made!
93-96 points: Robert Parker
91 points: Wine Spectator

Yacochuya
Château Le Bon Pasteur 2001 AOC Pomerol (Limited Qty)

A terrific success and a super effort for the vintage. Deep plum/purple to the rim, with a sumptuous nose of barbecue spices, smoke, black cherries, mocha, and spice box, this opulent, medium to full-bodied, rich red reveals amazing extract and intensity for a wine from this vintage.
92 points: Robert Parker
91 points: Wine Spectator Insider (Dec 2010)

Yacochuya
Château Le Bon Pasteur 2005 AOC Pomerol

An elegant, subtle, deep ruby/purple-coloured wine offering hints of graphite, sweet mocha, black cherries and berries that build incrementally in the mouth, ending in a cascade of full-bodied, concentrated fruit with good acidity, beautiful tannin and stunning precision as well as length.
94 points: Robert Parker
92-94 points: Wine Spectator