MONTAGNE SAINT-EMILION, A WINE OF CHARACTER

EDITO 2019

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Since 1964, the family vineyard of the Vieux Château des Rochers consists of 5 ha of vines that we follow with rigor and passion to harvest the best grapes and vinify an AOC Montagne Saint-Emilion wine of character.
 

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The 2016 vintage is finally available. The 2016 Tradition vintage is rewarded with a gold medal at the Vignerons Indépendants.
You will find all our vitages on the page OUR WINES.

Sincerely.

Jean-Claude Rocher, independent artisan-winemaker

Last selections in the press and competitions

2016 cuvées Prestige :

  • 04/09/2018-Selected by Guide Hachette des Vins 2020
  • 03/02/2019-Selected by James Suckling, an american wine critic
    "An impressive nose with attractive, ripe dark berries and plums,leading to a palate that has intense, flavorful plums and a sturdy kick of tannin. Try from 2021" 89/100

     
  • 01/12/2018-Selected by Lisa Perrotti, an american wine critic 
    "Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 features pronounced blackberries, black raspberries and warm red cherries notes with hints of cedar chest, rose hip tea and forest floor. Medium-bodied, plush and refreshing, the palate offers plenty of juicy fruit and finishes earthy." 90/100

     
  • 18/05/2017-Selected by Jacques Dupont, LE POINT n°2332 
    "Red fruits, tender mouth, elegant, fine tannins, delicate, good length, balanced, final raised."

2016 cuvées Tradition :

  • 04/09/2018-Selected by Guide Hachette des Vins 2020
  • 16/03/2019-Gold medal at the 2018 Independants Winegrowers competition in Paris

  • 03/02/2019-Selected by James Suckling, an american wine critic 
    "Attractive spicy oak that sits across rich dark plums with cocoa powder  notes too. The palate has a very smooth, supple and velvety array of fines tannins and a core of redder fruit flavors." 89/100

  • 01/12/2018-Selected by Lisa Perrotti, an american wine critic 
    "Medium garnet purple colored, the 2016 reveals earthy notions of tar, damp soil and fungi over a core of black cherries and black raspberries with a waft of garrigue. Medium bodied, the palate is finely crafted and refreshing with loads of juicy fruit and a chewy texture, finishing with a lively lift." 88/100

  • 18/05/2017-Selected by Jacques Dupont, LE POINT n°2332 
    "Fruits red, tender mouth in attack, fairly fine tannins, tight in final, good material"

2015 cuvée Prestige :

  • 01/09/2018-"Coup de coeur" 2018 des lecteurs de l'Express

  • 01/09/2018-Selected by Guide Hachette des Vins 2019
     
  • 20/03/2018-Gold medal at the 2018 Independants Winegrowers competition in Paris

  • 30/01/2018-Selected by Lisa Perrotti, an american wine critic 
    "
    the 2015 Cuvée Prestige is medium garnet-purple with a warm red and black plums nose with hints of red currant jelly,dried herbs and rose hips.The palate is medium bodied, elegant and vibrant with a lovely ripe, soft frame and long, perfumed, red fruit finish."  90/100

  • 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 :

  • 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