MONTAGNE SAINT-EMILION, A WINE OF CHARACTER

2017-2018

 -  Medaille d or vigneron independant 2017Medaille or concours de bordeaux copieJean-Claude Rocher

The family vineyard of the Vieux Château des Rochers consists of 5 ha of vines that we follow season after season, plot after plot, vine after vine, to harvest the best grapes and vinify a wine of character. Every year, we offer a high quality AOC Montagne Saint-Emilion wine, worked with rigour and passion to accompany your meals.

After an exceptional 2016 and the birth of a very promising vintage, the spring of 2017 began with difficulty ! Three nights of frost have wiped out over 80% of our vineyard. This new year 2018 is the time to start off again. We must now prepare this future vintage with the prune of nearly 25 000 vines !

Finally, the new 2014 vintage available is an opportunity to celebrate 50 years of our property created by my parents in 1964. Unfortunately in 2014 my father left us at the age of 92 years. So we pay homage to him with the vintage Abel. These two events are accompanied by a gold medal at the independent winemakers' competition for our Prestige vintage and a gold medal at the Bordeaux competition for our Tradition cuvee. You will find them on the page of our wines.

Hoping to satisfy all of your taste buds.

Sincerely.

Jean-Claude Rocher, independent artisan-winemaker

Last selections in the press and competitions

2016 cuvées Tradition & Prestige (will be available in 2019 November) :

  • 18/05/2017-Selected by Jacques Dupont, LE POINT n°2332 
    2016 Tradition : "Fruits red, tender mouth in attack, fairly fine tannins, tight in final, good material"
    2016 Prestige : "Red fruits, tender mouth, elegant, fine tannins, delicate, good length, balanced, final raised."

2015 cuvée Prestige (will be available in 2018 November) :

  • 30/01/2018-Selected by James Suckling, an american wine critic  
    "Blackberry and blueberry aromas with hints of toasted oak. Some dried flowers. Medium body, good fruit and a lightly chewy finish."  90/100

  • 30/11/2017-Selected by Jeb Dunnuck, an american wine critic 
    "Made from the same mold as the classic cuvee, the 2015 Vieux Château des Rochers cuvée Prestige is slightly deeper and richer with notes of black cherries, black raspberries, toasted spice and chalky minerality. Made with guidance from Michel Rolland, this estate has turned out two beautiful 2015s."  90/100

2015 cuvée Tradition (will be available in 2018 November) :

  • 30/01/2018-Selected by James Suckling, an american wine critic  
    "A juicy and fruity wine with some berry and chocolate character Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh finish. Very good for the appellation."  88/100

2014 cuvée Tradition :

2014 cuvée Prestige :

  • 05/09/2017-Selected by GUIDE HACHETTE DES VINS 2018
     
  • 22/03/2017-Gold medal at the Independant Winegrowers competition
     
  • 13/02/2017-Selected by James Suckling, an American wine critic 
    "A wine with light plum-cake and jam character. Medium to full body, soft and velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Pretty chocolate and nut undertones. Delicious. Drink now." 90/100
     
  • 08/09/2016-Selected among blind tasting of 45 wines by the weekly LE POINT n°2296, Spécial Vins
    "Aroma of coffe, peppery nose,round, supple, freshness and spicy palate,with wood present but toned." [Translation]