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Roc Blanc - The White Rock, it is a Saint Chinian Red from GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) grapes. It delivers sweet garrique (herbs and sweet spices), aromatic cocoa and vanilla , luscious red fruits, medium to full body and has a very long finish. This hedonistic cuvee gives a fully satisfying experience for people who just about to set foot on the Saint Chinian vineyards of Southern France.
As the highest-range wine in Chateau Gilbert & Gaillard, Roc Blanc uses grapes from the plot at the Chateau’s highest point. The vines are more than 25 years old. The quintessential qualities of the terroir are encapsulated in Roc Blanc.
作為整個Chateau Gilbert & Gaillard 最高規格的一支酒，Roc Blanc所用的精選葡萄，來自位於整座酒莊最高點的葡萄田。25年樹齡的葡萄樹，足以充分表達出整個酒莊的風土精粹。
Saint-Chinian, Languedoc, Southern France
Calcareous gravel from the Eocene on hillsides.
55% Syrah. 35% Grenache. 10% Mourvèdre
葡萄經除梗及人手篩選。然後再被放在發酵槽內約三星期。輕柔的壓榨及使用Rack and Return 方式充分萃取葡萄豐富物質。在發酵後，每一日都會測試酒液。來自單一葡萄園的葡萄會放在一起發酵，酒液經過濾後會在木桶內陳年兩年。
The grapes are destemmed and sorted by hand on a conveyor, then put into vats. Vatting lasts for about three weeks with gentle extraction using rack and return at the start of the fermentation phase and pumping over if necessary, in order to accentuate the freshness and length in the mouth. The Post fermentative maceration is dictated by daily tastings of the juice. Some grapes from single vineyard sites are fermented in whole clusters, and the juice is matured in light toast casks for two consecutive years after racking.
Red and black berry fruits, combined with tiny notes of garrigue and spice. All integrated with woody flavors. Fresh, mineral and mouth-coating palate with fine-grained substance boasting lovely length.
The Wine Advocate:
Named for the limestone found in this vineyard parcel, the 2015 Saint Chinian Roc Blanc is a blend of 60% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre, all aged in barrel for two years. Floral and herbal on the nose, it also delivers scents of mixed berries and traces of cedar and menthol. It's medium to full-bodied, with a suave, silky texture and ample length.
Robert Parker: 90pts: