2010, Rocheyron

Saint Emilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France

(Priced at per bottle)

Score: 84

Drinking Dates: 2017-2019

Critic: Neal Martin

Tasted: 28-Jul-2017

The 2010 Château Rocheyron was the maiden vintage under Peter Sisseck, who actually does not look back fondly at this vintage, which was vinified at Château Faugères at a low temperature. Despite this, he finds it a bit too much in terms of tannins. Weirdly, it has a rather Ribeiro del Duero-like nose with touches of camphor and mint infusing the smudged fruit, hints of dark chocolate but, overall, missing the freshness that the 2010 needs. The palate is chewy on the entry with dry and firm tannin, quite animal with a slight bitterness on the heavy-handed finish. Peter said that this was not the kind of wine he wanted to make. I can understand that.