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Château La Rocaille, Graves, France, 2016

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Château La Rocaille, Graves, France, 2016

La Rocaille refers to pebbles (or shells) - and the 18th century decorative style of the Rococo. It implies a lot of the fluvial gravel for which the Graves is famed and this estate at Podensac is indeed close to the Garonne river. 80% Merlot and... Read More

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Château La Rocaille, Graves, France, 2016

ColourRed

RegionBordeaux

Sub RegionGraves

GrowerChâteau La Rocaille

Grape VarietyMerlot

Vintage2016

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeROC116

Our Rating

Medium-Bodied

Light > Full

Merlot

Origins       

  • Bordeaux region. Known by 18thC
  • Now much more widely planted in Bordeaux than Cabernet Sauvignon

Characteristics   

  • Productive - high yielding …but early budding, so vulnerable to frost (e.g. 1956)
  • In comparison to Cabernet Sauvignon: higher sugars and appealing...
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Château La Rocaille, Graves, France, 2016

La Rocaille refers to pebbles (or shells) - and the 18th century decorative style of the Rococo. It implies a lot of the fluvial gravel for which the Graves is famed and this estate at Podensac is indeed close to the Garonne river. 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Lovely fresh blackberry and raspberry character; smooth and supple; very open and enjoyable. Now-2023

"We tasted this blind in a large flight of 2016 red Bordeaux in early September and all agreed it was a belter. Lots of blackberries on the nose leading to lush, rounded fruit with soft tannins. Shouts out for a Sunday roast", Alistair Lacy, SVS

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