2010 Château Rol Valentin St. Émilion Grand Cru Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note

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2010 Château Rol Valentin  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Youthful, fresh, medium-bodied, and just about ready to go, the wine is all about its fresh, sweet, dark pit fruits, licorice, espresso, and black cherry character, which shows well on the nose and palate. 91 Points

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Better out of bottle than barrel, the wine offers fresh, ripe, black raspberries, licorice, earth, spice and black cherry jam notes. Silky, soft and round, this medium/full bodied ripe will drink great with just a few years of age. 91 Points

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Coffee, truffle, cassis, plums and licorice scents fill your glass. Silky in texture and more concentrated than the 2009, the wine ends with floral, plum and fennel flavors. Thanks to investments from the new owners and the efforts of their consultant, Stephane Derenoncourt, this Bordeaux wine from St. Emilion is becoming a property to watch. 91-93 Pts

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When to Drink Chateau Rol Valentin, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Rol Valentin is better with at least 3-6 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour, or a bit longer, helping the wine soften to help develop the aromatic character.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Rol Valentin offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 4-18 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Rol Valentin with Wine, and Food Pairing Tips

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

Chateau Rol Valentin is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Rol Valentin is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese.

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