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Château Rochebelle

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2023
92
Floral, with black raspberries, cherries, licorice, and plums that show effortlessly in the nose, and on the palate. The medium-bodied wine is lifted, vibrant, fresh, and bright, but, also complex, floral, and long. Drink from 2027-2040. 91-93 Pts.

Floral, with black raspberries, cherries, licorice, and plums that show effortlessly in the nose, and on the palate. The medium-bodied wine is lifted, vibrant, fresh, and bright, but, also complex, floral, and long. Drink from 2027-2040. 91-93 Pts.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

1,844 Views   Tasted