Chateau Rochebelle St. Emilion Bordeaux, Completer Guide

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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 is even older the inception of the vineyard dates back to at least some point in the 1700s.

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. It is well worth arranging for a 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 1700s at the estate.

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 on sloping hillsides that at their peak reaches up to 94 meters.

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.

The Best Vintages of Chateau Rochebelle are: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009 and 2005. Beginning with the 2020 vintage, the level of quality at Chateau Rochebelle made a big leap up.

On average, between 1,200 and 1,500 cases of Chateau Rochebelle are produced every year, depending on the vintage. Michel Rolland was replaced by Thomas Duclos as their consultant.

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.

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Château Rochebelle Wine Tasting Notes

13 Vintages 24,723 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2022
93
Flowers, black raspberries, crushed stones, licorice and espresso create the nose. On the palate, the wine is silky, fresh, and bright, with sweetness to the raspberries, and cherries in the mid-palate. You also enjoy a nice salty endnote in the long, chalky, energetic finish along with a touch of white pepper on the backend. The wine is a blend of 85% Merlot with 15% Cabernet Franc. 15.5% ABV. 3.5 pH. Harvesting took place September 15 - September 20. Yields were 41 hectoliters per hectare. Drink from 2026-2042. 92-94 Pts.

Flowers, black raspberries, crushed stones, licorice and espresso create the nose. On the palate, the wine is silky, fresh, and bright, with sweetness to the raspberries, and cherries in the mid-palate. You also enjoy a nice salty endnote in the long, chalky, energetic finish along with a touch of white pepper on the backend. The wine is a blend of 85% Merlot with 15% Cabernet Franc. 15.5% ABV. 3.5 pH. Harvesting took place September 15 - September 20. Yields were 41 hectoliters per hectare. Drink from 2026-2042. 92-94 Pts.

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2021
91
Flowers, red plums, licorice, and cherries pop in the nose and on the soft, elegant, medium-bodied palate. The finish adds with its sweetness, plums and hint of spice with salt at the end. Drink from 2024-2036.

Flowers, red plums, licorice, and cherries pop in the nose and on the soft, elegant, medium-bodied palate. The finish adds with its sweetness, plums and hint of spice with salt at the end. Drink from 2024-2036.

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Medium-bodied, on the red fruit side with additional layers of dark red berries, you also find a lot of minerality characteristics here with its salinity that shows up on the palate and in the finish. Give it a year or two in the cellar and it could score even higher after finishing its aging. Drink from 2024-2038. 90-92

Medium-bodied, on the red fruit side with additional layers of dark red berries, you also find a lot of minerality characteristics here with its salinity that shows up on the palate and in the finish. Give it a year or two in the cellar and it could score even higher after finishing its aging. Drink from 2024-2038. 90-92

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2020
93
Flowers, pine trees, spice and black cherries pop in the nose. On the palate, the wine is opulent, polished with a core of ripe, sweet, fresh, black plums, blueberry and mint that hold your attention from start to finish. As I wrote when tasted this from the barrel, this is clearly a new level of quality at Rochebelle. Much of that credit deservedly goes to their new consultant, Thomas Duclos. Drink from 2024-2040.

Flowers, pine trees, spice and black cherries pop in the nose. On the palate, the wine is opulent, polished with a core of ripe, sweet, fresh, black plums, blueberry and mint that hold your attention from start to finish. As I wrote when tasted this from the barrel, this is clearly a new level of quality at Rochebelle. Much of that credit deservedly goes to their new consultant, Thomas Duclos. Drink from 2024-2040.

1,167 Views   Tasted
2019
89
Round, medium-bodied, soft and forward, with an early drinking, soft, crowd-pleasing fruity character that will be fun to taste on release. 88-90 Pts

Round, medium-bodied, soft and forward, with an early drinking, soft, crowd-pleasing fruity character that will be fun to taste on release. 88-90 Pts

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2018
90
Medium-bodied, soft, earthy, plummy and fresh, the wine has developed quite nicely during its time in the barrel. I like the touch of spice and sweetness with all the soft, ripe, fruits in the finish. You can drink this on release, or with just a bit of aging.

Medium-bodied, soft, earthy, plummy and fresh, the wine has developed quite nicely during its time in the barrel. I like the touch of spice and sweetness with all the soft, ripe, fruits in the finish. You can drink this on release, or with just a bit of aging.

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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

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

1,633 Views   Tasted
2016
86
Leafy forest notes and red fruits lead to a medium bodied, forward, soft, easy to understand, crowd-pleaser of a wine.

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

1,717 Views   Tasted
2015
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.

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.

2,467 Views   Tasted
2014
88
Forward, medium bodied, soft textured, cherry filled charmer, with sweet, fresh, earthy plums and a hint of cocoa in the light finish.

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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2013
84
Light in color with crisp red fruits and a bright, tangy finish. 83-85 Pts

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

1,251 Views   Tasted
2010
87
Pleasant, easy, early drinking wine with a licorice, black cherry and earthy personality.

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

2,420 Views   Tasted
2009
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.

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.

2,029 Views   Tasted
2005
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.

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.

2,228 Views   Tasted
2000
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.

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.

1,799 Views   Tasted