Château-Rollan-de-By Medoc 2011
Decanter#1 Cru Bourgeois of 2011 "Dark and red berry aromas with a hint of vanilla oak. Fleshy with a good depth of fruit. Fresh and satisfying on the finish. More ripeness here. Has to be good value."
Wine EnthusiastSmooth and rich, this is already a delicious wine. It has soft tannins, a touch of wood aging and swathes of ripe black plum fruits. Gently structured, with some smokiness, it's going to age relatively quickly, so drink from 2016.
Wine SpectatorThis has a lively, pebbly feel, with juicy acidity running in and around the bright cherry, red currant and floral notes. A sanguine edge lines the finish. Drink now through 2015. 28,000 cases made.
Wine AdvocateFrom the flagship property of proprietor Jean Guyon, the 2011 Rollan de By is a blend of 70% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot. Of nearly classified growth quality, it boasts attractive cedary, spicy, licorice, black currant and tobacco leaf notes along with medium body. While it does not have the power or richness of such great vintages as 2010 and 2009, there is a lot to like about this beautiful Medoc. A sleeper of the vintage, it can be enjoyed over the next 3-4 years.