1996, Rol Valentin

Saint Emilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France
Red
Vintage
Size

(Priced at per bottle)


Score: 90

Drinking Dates: 2001-2014

Critic: Robert Parker

Tasted: 23-Apr-1999

Performing even better than I remember, former proprietor Eric Prissette s 2000 may be the finest wine he ever made at this modestly sized St.-Emilion estate. A blend of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color with little evolution, abundant notes of melted licorice, black currants, blackberries, coffee, and chocolate, and a hint of toasty oak in the background. It is a full-bodied, layered, rich wine to enjoy over the next decade.