Make no doubt about it:
Rochebelle must not be defined in hectares
but rather by its nectars.
It would be something of an understatement to say that the wines of Rochebelle have a soul. And plenty of body to go with it! They are the perfect illustration of what we refer to as thoroughbred wines thanks to their excellent ageing potential and combination of smoothness, purity and tension. Although set apart by their remarkable potential for bottle ageing, they nevertheless show an intense aromatic profile in their youth, offering notes of red and black fruits (raspberry, redcurrant and black cherry) underpinned by floral notes, with a touch of licorice on an elegant mineral background. Rochebelle's wines reveal a taut palate combined with just the right amount of tannins, an elegant aromatic freshness and a particularly silky structure. It is these organoleptic qualities that guarantee their outstanding potential for bottle ageing.
The signature style of a refined and authentic wine that has earned its place in some of the world's very best restaurants.
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Rochebelle is a 3-hectare family property that has been passed down from generation to generation since 1847. It is now managed by Philippe FANIEST and his Oenologist daughter Emilie. The domaine was awarded GRAND CRU CLASSE DE SAINT-EMILION status in the 2012 classification.
Château Rochebelle overlooks the Dordogne Valley and is situated on the exceptional asteriated limestone plateau of Saint Emilion. The vineyard lies between 85 and 94 metres above river level on gentle slopes that enable the runoff of surface water in the event of heavy rainfall. This gentle gradient combined with the estate's topographical location and the porous nature of the limestone rocks ensure excellent natural drainage. In dry weather the vine roots use a form of capillary action to draw water from the limestone rocks thereby ensuring a constant yet not over-abundant supply of water to the vines. They receive neither too little nor too much water, limiting any negative effects of hydric stress.
The terroir at Rochebelle is composed of brown limestone soils (Calcosol) and brown calcic soils (Calcisols) lying on top of the mother rock at varying depths of between 30 to 100 cm. These shallow, arid soils contribute to limiting the vine's natural tendency for over-vigorous growth.
It is this combination of limiting the vine's productive strength and naturally regulating water that enables Rochebelle to produce such high quality grapes.
The vineyard is planted with 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc and the vines have an average age of 45 years. Every other vine row is tilled and the vines are cultivated with the utmost care and attention. The grapes are left to ripen at their own rhythm. The harvest is carried out manually and sorted very carefully prior to vinification with ever-evolving yet moderate processes.
Observation, precision and intuition are what guide our choices and define our permanent quest for excellence based on rigour and discretion.
One of Rochebelle's unique characteristics is its monolithic cellars dating back to the 18th century. A visit to the cellars is an unforgettable, emotional experience and
offers an insight into the history of this family domaine. Rochebelle's wines are left to age in these cellars in new oak barrels at a constant temperature of 13°C and a humidity level of 85%. This environment provides ideal ageing conditions for our older vintages.
Rochebelle's exceptional ageing potential and its combination of smoothness, purity and tension make it the ultimate illustration of a pure thoroughbred wine.
An elegant and authentic wine!Press reviewDiscover the monolithic cellars
Press reviewDiscover the monolithic cellars
Area vineyard :
Geographical location :
Situated on the exceptional asteriated limestone plateau of Saint Emilion-Altitude of 90 meters.
Type of soil :
Grape varieties :
85% Merlot - 15% Cabernet-Franc
Vine training method :
Exclusively mechanical ploughing carried out beneath and in the row.
90% new French oak barrels with a fine grain. Aged in 18th century monolithic cellars - Constant temperature of 13°C - 85% Humidity
Private customers - Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurants - European markets
This wine's deep ruby colour conjures up images of mouth-watering fruits such as black cherry and Ente plum. On the nose, there are frank, intense aromas of vanilla, sweet spice, rich cocoa and licorice gently giving way to more heady aromas of peony underpinned by subtle menthol notes along with a delicate touch of truffle, characteristic of the finest Bordeaux wines. The palate is aromatic with the velvety texture of the Merlot balancing the freshness of the Cabernet Franc. It offers excellent structure with a youthful amplitude and a nice saline touch on the finish. The first vintage since receiving its Cru Classé status, this wine offers a most elegant reflection of its terroir.
Even those without an interest in wine will not fail to be enchanted by Rochebelle's 18th century monolithic cellars. Formerly used for rock mining, hence the name Rochebelle meaning 'beautiful rock', these cellars have since become a place of interest for wine lovers. There are no cave paintings along the walls here but a harmonious alignment of oak barrels that are renewed every single year. It is in the dimly lit, calm environment of these cellars that Rochebelle's wines are left to rest. A constant temperature of 13°C and a humidity level of 85% provide the perfect environment for our treasure trove of older vintages.