2010 Rol Valentin, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
This has lots of salty, juicy and enticing character to it. Full and velvety with gorgeous fruit So sexy. So sexy and elegant. Wonderful freshness too. Bright and sassy.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A strong showing from this blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc that hit 14.7% natural alcohol, the 2010 Rol Valentin exhibits oodles of sweet black currant and black raspberry fruit along with some toasty oak and a note of charcoal embers in a full-bodied, opulent, showy, even flamboyant style that seems to beg comparison to 2009. This wine should drink beautifully for 10-15 years.
Rounded and ripe, with dark blackberry and boysenberry flavors melded with ganache, melted black licorice and Black Forest cake. Lush, but with a lovely smoldering charcoal hint to keep this honest on the finish. Best from 2014 through 2025.
Dark crimson. Minerally, racy nose and then very rich on the palate. Tannins well managed. Really long and punchy. Very complete.