Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Roche Chateautext

Roche Chateau 2018

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe Chateau is a 75/17/8/ mix of merlot, cabernet Sauvignon, and cabernet franc. The merlot is grown at Kozier Organic Vineyard on the Naramata Bench, over granite gravel slopes overlooking Okanagan Lake. The franc and the sauvignon are grown north of Oliver, on rounded river rock, from a post-glacial riverbed. The Grand Vin flagship demonstrates the best from Roche, something winemaker Penelope Roche is familiar with, having grown up at Pessac Leognan at Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion. Elegance sets this apart from many Okanagan reds with flavour and power. Most of the competition lacks this wine's sophistication and mineral notes. The chalky tannins are the icing on the cake. The Chateau is 14 months in French oak, of which 30 to 40 percent is new. Braised lamb shanks are the winery match, but at the moment, I say leg of lamb.Tasted: 29 October 2022Tasted by: Prices:
BC$54.90750mlclub members only
Producer: Roche WinesDistributors: The Wine Syndicate
Blend: Merlot - Cabernet Sauvignon - Cabernet FrancCSPC: 183705UPC: 711841858759