The vintage of 2014 experienced complicated beginnings, with a generally sullen summer. This cool, wet weather had a strong effect on the growing cycle of the vines and winemakers had to remain vigilant with their work in the vineyard for the majority of the early season. However, September brought with it an exceptional Indian summer that enveloped the whole of Bordeaux in warm and dry weather. This allowed the berries to reach optimal maturity and there vines were able to maintain good health. Due to these excellent conditions, 2014 is being declared a classic Bordeaux vintage.
Considered to be one of the important Crus Bourgeois in the Medoc, the modern Chateau Rollan de By is the result of years of hard work and dedication. The estate’s vineyards sprawl over 180 hectares and enjoy an ideal gravelly soil combined with sand and clay sub-layers. This gravel provides excellent natural drainage in the vineyard, while encouraging the roots of the vines to grow deeply. The vines are divided as approximately 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. The harvest is done manually at the estate, with a rigorous selection and sorting process in the cellar. The wine is aged on the lees in new French oak barrels for a period of 12 months.