Château La Rousselle Fronsac Stéphane Derenoncourt 2011
Stéphane Derenoncourt, Bordeaux
“It is fashionable nowadays for winemakers to talk of putting terroir into the bottle but the instinctive Derenoncourt is more convincing than most that he actually does it.” Jancis Robinson, Purple Pages of JancisRobinson.com May 2004
Stéphane Derenoncourt began working in the vineyard at the age of 19, becoming proficient in all aspects of vine work. When he became the cellar master at Château Pavie-Macquin, he was able to put his vine knowledge to use by making exceptional wines. He also acted as a consultant for many leading properties, as he continues to do today, with great sensitivity and a belief in the sacrosanct nature of wines to evoke their own specific terroir and individuality. Stéphane’s consultant venture ‘Derenoncourt Consultants’ embodies a new generation of consultancy in viticulture and wine-making. Their philosophy is that there is no such thing as a ‘petit vin’. With a broad palette of clients, a huge amount of investment and a great deal of hard work, they are able to showcase many lesser-known terroirs, producing exceptional wines, each with a distinct personality. Stéphane’s personal property, Domaine de l’A, is a 10 hectares estate planted to Merlot (80%) and Cabernet Franc (20%) at Sainte-Colombe, to the east of St Emilion in the Côtes de Castillon.
Fronsac ‘Château La Rousselle’: a tiny 4.6 hectares property located in La Rivière in Fronsac. Soils are a mix of chalk and clay. All vineyard work is meticulously manual. Average age of vines is 35 years. Gentle vinifications to ensure refined tannins. Matured for 12-15 months in a maximum of 50% new French oak barriques.
Soft and silky, packed with an abundance of liquered dark fruits. Well crafted and balanced, delicious notes of liquorice, dark chocolate, earth, tobacco and black cherry linger luxuriously on the finish.
Grapes: 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc