In the 1920’s, the Rolland family acquired a parcel on the commune of « Néac », in the « Bertineau » locality of the Lalande-de-Pomerol appellation.
« Château Bertineau Saint-Vincent » is therefore a reference to the locality as well as Saint Vincent, a martyr hero of the fourth century, patron of the winemakers and protector of the wine, whose day lies on the 22nd of January. Numerous sayings illustrate his importance amongst the protectors of wine which is subject to nature’s wrath and whim. For example : « If it’s a beautiful day on Saint Vincent’s day, there will be plenty of juice for the vine shoot ».
Nowadays therefore protected by this patron, the grapes of Château Bertineau Saint-Vincent benefit from a rigorous selection and the utmost care by the team, under the attention of Benoît Prévôt along with the expertise and experience of Michel Rolland.
The 5.6 ha vineyard is composed of 75 % merlot and 25 % cabernet franc. The soils are constituted of a mix of clay and gravel and become sandy as they approach the river bed on the western part of the property.
The wine of Bertineau Saint Vincent has character. It shows a purple core with a ruby rim. The nose is clean and intense, characterized by red and black fruits, spices, toasted bread and vanilla. On the palate the wine shows ample structure, is smooth with mature and fat tannins. The finish is long with notes of ripe fruits and spices.
Powerful and rich with lots of intense fruit and richness. Full body, round and flavorful. Chocolate, ripe fruit. Gorgeous. Check this out. 75% merlot and 25% cabernet franc.
Everything has started rather well: abundant rainfall during winter allowed the soils to gain their water reserve. In spring flowering began in the first days of June, it was very fast and very homogeneous which was favored by perfect weather until the end of June. At this stage, expectations were high for the quality of the new vintage. Unfortunately, in the month of July, the weather was unstable and vineyards focused on their beautiful foliage rather than on the growing of the grapes. It took constant vigilance deployed early to make green harvest (leaf removal and thinning) to help the grapes to reach optimum ripeness. Then finally came the happiest ending: it was as if nature wanted to apologize! Early September the beautiful weather was with us again and lasted until the end of the harvest. We were able to wait and harvest plot by plot (a luxury we have not known for several vintages), the grapes were perfectly ripe.
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The vintage had started from the fall of 2012 by planting vegetal covers between the rows of vines to allow earlier intervention in the vineyard and limit the vigor to favor the blooming process.
Despite the heterogeneous results, works such as removing leaves and selection grapes led to pretty grapes.
Then it was a matter of harvest timing, an earlier ripening at Château Le Bon Pasteur enabled harvesting sooner for the vinification in barrels. We thought we would beat the record of late harvest in 2008, but this was not the case.
Dates of the harvest: October 18.104.22.168.8 and October 11.14.15.
Regarding the vinification, a delicate extraction was needed to keep the smoothness of the tannins and their silkiness, to preserve the fruits and palatability of the wine: The elegance and balance of 2013 have been retained with a tailor-made wine ageing process.
2013 is a real “jealous” vintage. One can often find a form of classicism cherished by amateurs of lighter wines with fresh aromas, with less alcohol than warmer years. Some cuvees are more concentrated, concise and with longer ageing potential, regardless of the grapes varieties and the percentage of cabernet sauvignon, franc and merlot, from north to south, from one bank to another.
We keep in mind vintages like 1997, 2002, 2007 to name a few of them: though difficult, they proved to be well integrated into the diversity of Bordeaux, so dear to the old world.
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A sweetly perfumed nose with black fruits, spice and oak. Pleasing length and potential to develop.
Lovely nose showing ripe red berries with hints of orange peel. This red is full-bodied with soft tannins and fresh acidity. The finish is long and juicy. Drink or hold.
Pretty raspberry, cherry and strawberry notes glide through, with light bergamot and incense accents lining the finish. Silky, light and open-knit.
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From the estate of Michel Rolland, this is a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. It is a just under 14-acre estate with vines averaging 30 years of age. The wine has a dense ruby/purple color and is a soft, juicy and friendly wine with low acidity, red and black cherry fruit and medium body. Drink it over the next 6-7 years.
I like the blueberry and chocolate character to this young wine with full body, soft and velvety tannins and a fresh finish. Well done. Like it better than 2005. Personal wine of winemaker Michel Rolland.
Owned by Michel and Dany Rolland, this deep ruby-colored 2011 possesses lots of black cherry, truffle and spice notes offered in a supple, round, seductive style. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
After a cold winter and a cool spring, the only fear of this vintage 2010 was during the flowering when the climate was unstable, As often, the old vines were affected by coulure and millerandage, though the damage was much less than we would have thought. The summer was not the typical summer in Bordeaux usually under a cool oceanic influence; lots of sunlight, no rain and high temperatures, however never too hot, and the nights were very fresh.
Under these ideal weather conditions and with an exceptional autumn, merlot and cabernet grapes have reached an exceptional quality of taste, rarely achieved. The grapes got richly pigmented thick skins and harmoniously flavorful juice.
The harvest of the earliest Merlots begun on September 29th, and the last Cabernets were harvested on October 15th. They took place under the sun with the good mood that results from an “a la carte” picking of perfectly healthy and ripe grapes.
Soft, round and fruity, with lots of jammy strawberry notes as well as hints of kirsch, spice box and earth, this medium-bodied, fruity, fun wine should drink nicely for 4-5 years.
The beginning of the vintage was a bit challenging: temperatures were about the seasonal average, much more rainfall than usual, flowering in such weather conditions were not ideal, a rather strong mildew pressure was present.
The climate then changed, a week of good weather arrived, sunny but not very warm and the vine began to grow, to bloom. This is a much better result that we would have thought. We entered a period of sunlight, heat, in which everything was there but not too much: the vine loves such conditions.
Fruit set was made very well, everything went quickly, with this July, we were sure we were in summer. Then veraison took place at the last week of July.
As the old saying ‘August makes the must’ and it is so true based on our analytical results from early September. On September 14, a few Merlots were picked, then came a rainy weekend that could frighten everybody: from 30 to 80/90 mm fell very quickly, with little impact since the water has not penetrated deep in the soils. However the rain allowed the plots suffering from drought to regain vigor, what enabled the vine to fully mature fine grapes. After these rains, the weather returned to good condition. A high level of sugar was reached very early in September and did not move, while every day the taste of the skins was changing. Thanks to this great weather condition, everyone could harvest “a la carte” by picking each plot at its best maturity without any rush. What a luxury!
From Michel and Dany Rolland’s estate in Lalande de Pomerol, this wine comes across as a a rich, juicy Cotes du Rhone with its notes of kirsch, mulberry, roasted herbs and loamy soil. Round, generous, fleshy and very hedonistic, this is a wine to drink over the next 3-4 years.
The last time we saw similar weather conditions was back in 1988. April was very cold and on the 7th, frosts damaged the vines. May was unpleasant, rainy and cold. At the beginning of June, the flowering conditions were not good, temperatures were too cold and there was too much rain for the season. This has resulted in flower abortion and millerandage, … announcing a low yield. July was better than in 2007, but August cloudy and sad : small regular rainfalls caused constant humidity. Temperatures were below the seasonal averages. The veraison was delayed and slow, ending in the second half of August. The harvest was late, too – from the 7th to the 20th of October – and very selective. Winemaking was done almost entirely in new oak barrels a first!
From Michel and Dany Rolland, this soft, fruity, dark ruby-hued 2008 is superficial, but charming, seductive, and pleasant. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.
From Dany and Michel Rolland, this soft wine tastes like a kirsch-dominated southern Rhone. Sensual, elegant, easygoing flavors are savory and richly fruity. This wine is best consumed over the next 3-4 years. Good value.
Budding was a little late but a beautiful spring, with low rainfall and ideal temperatures brought us up to speed. Flowering took place at the normal date in early June. It was homogeneous and short, and stretched over one week. June was warm and sunny. At the beginning of July, a few storms compensate a small drought, the vines grew in good conditions. In late August, some rain brought the necessary moisture. Harvesting took place from September 21st until October 10th. Thanks to a well-mastered yield control, the grapes were picked under excellent conditions. They were full of sugar and fruit with thick skins loaded with anthocyanins and tannins, acidity was very good, and the grapes were perfectly healthy.
This is a delicious, sexy style of Lalande de Pomerol, with a deep ruby/plum color, loads of black cherry and mocha-infused fruit, lush texture, low acidity, and terrific purity. This 2005 from the Rolland family is a beauty and best drunk over the next 5-6 years. A sleeper of the vintage.
Dark black cherry. Savoury and dark on the nose and palate, a little cedary plus sweet cassis. Rather attractive subdued style but with good depth and persistence. Chalky but ripe tannins and very good freshness. Well balanced and subtle oak. A Domaines Rolland wine.
Revealing plenty of sweet jammy cherry notes, soft tannin, low acidity, and a hedonistic style, this soft, easy-going wine is meant to be drunk during its first 3-4 years of life.
Sweet cherry, dried herb, caramel, and vanilla scents jump from the glass of this expansive, elegant, medium-bodied effort. Drink this seductive, fruity Lalande de Pomerol over the next 2-3 years.
Rainfall was above the 30 year average. The temperatures were variable, climbing high up and falling far down again. Yet we needed to make the best out of it! Depruning, deleafing, green harvesting, and other selections finally gave us some good grapes which were harvested from October 2nd to the 11th.
A sweet, dense nose of jammy black cherry fruit, currants, mocha, and a hint of fig is enticing in the medium-bodied, lush 2001 Bertineau St.-Vincent. It will provide delicious drinking during its first 5-7 years of life.
The month of April was particularly hot and humid. May and June were hot and moderately rainy, with fifteen cooler, wetter days. August and early September, were very hot and dry. These conditions were favorable for precocity: the flowering and veraison were relatively rapid and homogeneous. In general, the warm and dry weather in August allowed for a very good maturation, with the exception of the sandy plots that suffered from significant water stress. Harvesting took place from September 25th to October 4th. The grapes were of very high quality with thick skins, they were rich in phenolic compounds, and sugar contents were high.
Ripe plums, figs, black cherries intermixed with coffee and mocha emerge from the dark ruby-colored 2000. The wine is medium-bodied, soft, expansive, and thoroughly delicious. Drink it over the next 5-7 years.