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Rolland Collection

By Michel Rolland, Argentina
Dany and Michel Rolland have put their passion and experience to work to add several French and foreign productions to their family heritage, bringing them all together in the "Rolland Collection". These include “favourites” from abroad, discovered during their work travels.

They first set foot in Cafayate in 1988. Seduced by the remarkable potential of an old Malbec vine perched at an altitude of 6675 feet, Dany and Michel decided to put all their passion and savoir-faire to work with their Argentinean friends to produce the wine called Yacochuya.

Over the following years, a handful of consultations led to the "Clos de los Siete" venture in southern Mendoza, of which they personally direct Mariflor.

Situated at the foot of the Andean mountain range in South Mendoza is Vista Flores. It is here that Dany and Michel devoted all their care to the grapes at Val de Flores, and all their skill, enthusiasm and experience to the winemaking, while respecting the exceptional environment.

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Mariflor Sauvignon Blanc
Mariflor Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Valle de Uco, Mendoza

100% Sauvignon Blanc. Light gold in colour with a pleasing nose of buttered popcorn, bee's wax, honey, and melon, on the palate it is a touch off-dry with a viscous texture. It has plenty of flavour and adequate acidity. New World Sauvignon does not get much better than this!
8 points: Robert Parker

Mariflor Pinot Noir
Mariflor Pinot Noir 2009 Valle de Uco, Mendoza

100% Pinot Noir. Glowing ruby with an intensely aromatic nose boasting spicy raspberry, leather and notes of earth. The palate is full of rich black cherry, peppered strawberry, with nuances of mushroom and black tea. The finish is long and persistent with the reappearance of sweet cherry and raspberry with hints of spice and herbs with powerful yet silky tannins.
90 points : Robert Parker (2007 vintage)

Val de Flores
Val de Flores 2004 Valle de Uco, Mendoza

100% Malbec. The grapes were sourced from a 50+ year old vineyard in the Vista Flores region of Mendoza. Opaque purple-coloured, it offers an alluring perfume of pain grille, pencil lead, blueberry, and black cherry jam. This leads to a full-bodied, smoothly-textured, elegant Malbec with gobs of flavour, silky tannins concealed under a blanket of sweet fruit, and a long, pure finish.
92 points : Robert Parker
91 points : Wine Spectator

Yacochuya
Yacochuya 2003, Salta

100% Malbec. Dark and broad-shouldered, with plenty of bacony toast and cocoa notes, but has a solid core of fig, black currant and tar as well. Rich finish has nice loamy undertow. How Michel Rolland discovered this beautiful but isolated outpost of a winery would be a story in itself.
95 points: Robert Parker (2005 vintage)
89 points: Wine Spectator