Chateau Rochebelle St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Completer Guide

Chateau Rochebelle Chateau Rochebelle St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Completer Guide

Learn everything about Chateau Rochebelle St. Emilion with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairing tips, best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Rochebelle History, Overview

Chateau Rochebelle is located next to some very good neighbors. They are just down the road from Chateau Troplong Mondot, Chateau Barde Haut and not that far from Tertre Roteboeuf.

The Saint Emilion estate has been owned and managed by the Faniest family since 1847. However, Chateau Rochebelle dates back to at least some point in the 1700’s.

The Faniest family is perhaps better known for owning one of the most popular, tourist attractions in St. Emilion. They own the little train that travels through the town and some of the vineyards that runs 7 days a week.

Much better than the local, tourist, oriented train, if you have the chance to visit Chateau Rochebelle, the property has a fabulous series of underground, limestone caves and quarries they use as their barrel cellars that are well worth seeing during your visit.

In fact, that is where the name Chateau Rochebelle comes from, as the name is translated into beautiful stones, which is referring to the rocks pulled from the underground quarries in the 1700’s at the estate.

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Chateau Rochebelle Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The small, 3 hectare St. Emilion vineyard of Chateau Rochebelle is planted to 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. They have old vines, which are on average 45 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,000 vines per hectare. The terroir is limestone and clay soils.

Chateau Rochebelle is vinified in traditional, temperature controlled, red and white colored, square, concrete vats and aged in French, oak barrels for between 15 and 18 months. To help improve quality, they recently brought in Michel Rolland as their consultant. On average, between 1,200 and 1,500 cases of Chateau Rochebelle are produced every year, depending on the vintage.

When to Drink Chateau Rochebelle, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Rochebelle is better with at least 3-4 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Chateau Rochebelle is best enjoyed in the first 3-12 years of life.

Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Chateau Rochebelle, with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Rochebelle is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Rochebelle is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Rochebelle is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

Château Rochebelle Wine Tasting Notes

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2018Château Rochebelle  (St. Émilion)88

Medium-bodied, earthy with a strong espresso and licorice nose, the red fruits come through in the round finish. You can drink this on release. 87-89 Pts

1,170 Views   Tasted
2016Château Rochebelle  (St. Émilion)86

Leafy forest notes and red fruits lead to a medium bodied, forward, soft, easy to understand, crowd-pleaser of a wine.

1,512 Views   Tasted
2015Château Rochebelle  (St. Émilion)87

Forward, soft and already easy to drink, the red berry dominated wine shows some secondary nuances already with its spice, thyme and leafy green notes. This should be enjoyed early, to allow for all the fruits to show well.

1,636 Views   Tasted
2014Château Rochebelle  (St. Émilion)88

Forward, medium bodied, soft textured, cherry filled charmer, with sweet, fresh, earthy plums and a hint of cocoa in the light finish.

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2013Château Rochebelle  (St. Émilion)84

Light in color with crisp red fruits and a bright, tangy finish. 83-85 Pts

1,129 Views   Tasted
2010Château Rochebelle  (St. Émilion)87

Pleasant, easy, early drinking wine with a licorice, black cherry and earthy personality.

1,710 Views   Tasted
2009Château Rochebelle  (St. Émilion)87

Medium bodied, soft in texture, this forward St. Emilion delivers licorice, black raspberry, cherry, earth and a hint of vanilla bean in the nose. Easy to drink, this should be enjoyed in its first 5-8 years.

1,595 Views   Tasted
2005Château Rochebelle  (St. Émilion)88

Medium bodied, lacking the concentration found in many of the wines from this vintage, hints of licorice, red with black fruit and earth with coffee bean, this is already open. It's not a wine that's going to make old bones. I'd drink over the next 5 years or so.

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2000Château Rochebelle  (St. Émilion)88

Fully mature, medium bodied, correct, but unexciting, the nose is better than the palate here, where you find a bright, earthy wine with rustic tannins and a licorice infused, mushroom and plum finish.

1,264 Views   Tasted