2018 Chateau Le Rey Les Rocheuses

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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DC 93

Decanter, November 2020

This one I found more difficult en primeur - more austere than Les Argileuses, but as is often the case in a more limestone-dominant wine, it just needed a few years to unwind. Lovely now, very different from its sibling...
JS 92

jamessuckling.com, September 2020

An attractive Bordeaux with currant, blackberry and black-tea undertones. Crushed stones as well. It’s full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins. Lovely purity of fruit and intensity. Made partly in amphora. Drink or hold.
WA 90

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2021

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Les Rocheuses offers notes of baked blackberries, preserved plums and dried mulberries with touches of spice box, unsmoked cigars and potpourri. The full-bodied palate (15%...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 15%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Chateau Le Rey Les Rocheuses is a captivating Bordeaux Blend that embodies the essence of the Bordeaux region in France. With its deep garnet-purple hue, this red wine exudes elegance and sophistication from the moment it pours into the glass. The label itself is a testament to the care and craftsmanship that went into creating this exceptional vintage.

On the nose, the 2018 Les Rocheuses reveals a harmonious blend of baked blackberries, preserved plums, and dried mulberries. These luscious fruit aromas are complemented by delicate nuances of spice box, unsmoked cigars, and potpourri, adding layers of complexity to the bouquet.

As the wine caresses the palate, it showcases its full-bodied nature and the rich, spicy black fruit preserves flavors that characterize it. The racy backbone and chewy texture provide a delightful contrast, enhancing the overall drinking experience. With a generous alcohol percentage of 15.0, this wine exudes power and intensity, yet it remains impeccably balanced.

The finish of the 2018 Les Rocheuses is earthy and lingering, leaving a lasting impression on the senses. It is a wine that demands attention and invites contemplation. The craftsmanship of Chateau Le Rey shines through in every sip, showcasing their dedication to producing exceptional Bordeaux wines.

Renowned wine critic Lisa Perrotti-Brown of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded this vintage an impressive score of 90. She describes it as medium to deep garnet-purple in color, highlighting the wine's visual allure. Her tasting note emphasizes the rich fruit flavors, spicy undertones, and chewy texture that make this wine truly memorable.

Decanter magazine also recognized the outstanding qualities of the 2018 Les Rocheuses, awarding it a score of 93. They noted its initial austerity, which gives way to a captivating wine with tons of salinity on the finish. They recommend a drinking window from 2023 to 2036, indicating its potential for further development and evolution in the bottle.

James Suckling, another esteemed wine critic, awarded this Bordeaux gem a score of 92. He highlights the currant, blackberry, and black-tea undertones that add complexity to the wine. The firm, chewy tannins and lovely purity of fruit contribute to its overall appeal.

In conclusion, the 2018 Chateau Le Rey Les Rocheuses is a wine that embodies the spirit of Bordeaux. Its impeccable craftsmanship, captivating aromas, and complex flavors make it a true delight for wine enthusiasts. Whether savored now or aged for further development, this Bordeaux Blend is sure to leave a lasting impression.