“The 2016 vintage at Château Rocheyron was without a doubt one of the most iconic in the history of the château.
We launched in 2010 with one clear idea: using biodynamics to produce a wine like the great wines of the 1940’s and 1950’s.
This idea guided us as we renovated the winery facilities and applied the precepts of Rudolf Steiner to the vineyard. The results have proven spectacular, allowing each of the estate’s different terroirs to be very precisely expressed.
Everything was in place, and we expected nothing short of an excellent vintage! And 2016 saw this come to fruition…
A harsh winter, a wet spring, perfect flowering in the sunny weather of early June, then a dry and very hot summer characterised the contrast between the first and second halves of the year.
The Rocheyron soils on the famous Saint-Émilion limestone plateau meant that the heavy spring rain was absorbed and stored, providing the grapes with a regular stress-free supply of water. The wide variation in temperatures between day and night during the month of September enabled a slow ripening period that produced very well-balanced grapes.
All ripening criteria were thus very uniform (alcohol, acidity, polyphenols, perfect health) when the harvests were begun with Merlot on 10, 11 and 12 October, continuing with Cabernet on the 18th.
Tannin ripeness is very important for a slow aging process, and I am sure that well-managed maturation will help to retain the desired aromatic freshness. “
Œnologist and co-owner Château Rocheyron