Bois de Rolland is a lovely mellow Bordeaux. The blend is 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon from a soil make-up similar to St-Emilion. The flavours are classic cherry, hints of oak, menthol, spice and violets. Bois de Rolland offers Bordeaux lovers the flavour of Bordeaux without having to wait 20 years or pay 3 or 4 digit price tags.
Bois de Rolland is ready to drink now, and it’ll hold its quality for a decade easily. Serve Bois de Rolland with roast lamb.
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Bois de Rolland is owned and made by the Geromin family. The Vignobles Geromin & Filles have 3 labels that they make in Coubeyrac, 20 km South-West of Saint-Emilion. 90% of the Geromin families vines surround their winery.
Bois de Rolland Bordeaux Superieur 2018 Winery Notes
“Cherry lightening red robe. Elegant nose, spices, cinnamon, vanilla and red fruits. Fine wine, round with a good structure. At the end you will find some coffee and red fruits notes.”
Situated near the Atlantic coast of France. The Gironde, Dordogne and Garonne rivers provide its shape. Cool conditions and frequent rainfall, including during harvest time, make Bordeaux quite a marginal region with vintages frequently ruined by rain or saved from the rain at the last minute by timely sunshine.
This appellation actually covers the same land area as Bordeaux AOC. It adds some stricter regulations about topics such as vine density, yields, ageing, and alcohol. It implies that it comes from a single parcel and often mature vines.
The noble variety of Bordeaux’s left bank. Firm tannins, a streak of acidity and punctuated by flavours of cassis, violets, spice and leather. The best examples can age for the long-term. Although Cabernet does often require blending with Merlot, Cabernet Franc or Shiraz to fix the hole it has in its middle palate.
It gets a tough time most of the places it is grown. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid but in some places, like Petrus, they are almost not needed.
The land that so many New World (not European) wine producers look to emulate. To generalise about French wine, I would say it is savoury, lighter-bodied wines. They are the definition of elegant, complex. There are many styles, though. And there is a French wine for every palate. They lead the world in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy. Sparkling Wine in Champagne. Cabernet and Merlot in Bordeaux. Syrah(Shiraz) and Grenache in the Rhone Valley. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris in Alsace. Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley. Gamay in Beaujolais.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is pretty special. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product. This includes the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. This is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fun fact; most of the colour for wines comes from the skins. There are only a handful of grapes that have red juice. Alicante is the most well known of these grapes.
By macerating the juice on the skins, the wine gains tannins, and flavours. Certain compounds change the chemistry of the wine too.
Red wines tend to have higher alcohol. More tannin and more oak flavours compared to other styles of wine. But the thousands of grapes and terroirs they grow in influence this.
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