Chateau Rogues de Jeanice, Le Ringue 2011, Appellation Bordeaux Controlee
Part of "Redefining Bordeaux" with Michele D'Aprix, this bottle is imported by Christopher Imports. A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the bottle is a standard bearer for the philosophy of "Redefining Bordeaux," that is, "the soil matters." But what do we think? We think this bottle and all the bottles from "Redefining Bordeaux" trump the widespread panic!! that Bordeaux must be expensive to be worth it. Not true. Medium bodied Le Ringue brings cherry and chocolate and a nose and a palate and a finish that far exceeds the shelf price. What do we think? With the exception of another bottle from "Redefining Bordeaux," you cannot buy a better bottle of Bordeaux for the price. CANNOT.
From the label: Vigneron Christophe Quebec works a four hectare plot in Rauzan on the Right Bank. He is a 4th generation old school Bordeaux farmer, working the same soils his grandfather worked going back to 1908. Stephane Derononcourt provides sound counsel in an effort to help Christophe tap his terroir's unique expression of clay and limestone. It's fair to refer to the Chateau's winery as new school: temperature controlled steeel tanks for the fermentation, and a meticulous attention to detail are employed to keep the wine impeccably clean and the wine incredibly fresh.
From the website: Vigneron Christophe Quebec works a 35 hectare property in the village of Rauzan on the Right Bank, about 4 km south of the Dordogne river. He is a 4th generation, old-school Bordeaux farmer, working the same soils his great-grandfather worked going back to 1908. Stéphane Derenoncourt and Frédéric Massie of Derenoncourt Consultants began working alongside Christophe about 10 years ago, providing sound counsel in the effort of helping Christophe tap his terroir’s unique expression of clay and limestone. For the moment, only 4 hectares of his family’s property are used in the making of the Le Ringue label. And the interesting thing about this wine is that it is unoaked, which is nearly unheard of in Bordeaux. The wine is fresh and pure.
In 2012, with the improvement in quality of his remaining 40 hectares of vineyards since Derenoncourt’s involvement, Christophe has built a state of the art facility adjoining his small winery where he will gradually be able to include more fruit from his recuperated vineyards into the offering for Château Le Ringue.
It’s fair to refer to the Chateau’s winery as new-school: temperature – controlled steel tanks for fermentation, and a meticulous attention to detail are employed to keep the winery impeccably clean, and the wine incredibly fresh.
Christophe’s own son, Simon, may one day follow in his father’s footsteps to become the 5th generation wine grower, continuing the viticultural tradition. But for now, Simon is dreaming of a trip to New York City with his parents and a visit to the Plaza Hotel, where he hopes they will abandon him so he can reenact his favorite film, Home Alone 2.
• A traveling wine expert that consults for 70 wineries around the world, Derenoncourt is knows how to make the perfect bottle of Bordeaux. Think back to his highly regarded 1993 vintage at Château Pavie Maquin, an outstanding wine in a difficult year, and his 1996 at Château La Mondotte, a prized collectible.
• A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc made without oak, this is Bordeaux without pretense (but plenty of personality). Fresh and vibrant with delicate aromas, a mouthful of dark berry, and too many food-pairing options to count, it’s what we consider the perfect picnic red.
Inside Fact: Today, you can see Derenoncourt’s work everywhere from Francis Coppola’s California estate to the incomparable Château Smith Haute Lafitte, including Château Massaya in Lebanon and Tenuta Argentiera in Bolgheri, Italy.