Valentin Valles Rollier
Region: Southern Rhone
Valentin Valles is based Quentin de la Poterie, about 30 mins away from Tavel in the Rhone. He works with about 7 hectares of vines, a combination of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Sauvignon Blanc. His winemaking approach is laissez faire, with grapes hand picked and carried in 15kg boxes to the cellar. Valentin has a few small stainless steel tanks that he is using for macerating the grapes. The grapes will then be pressed in a very old wooden vertical press, and are then transferred by gravity to barriques for long, slow fermentations.Rollier is a barnstorming Rhone Syrah; rich stewed red and dark cherries, blackcurrants and violets balanced by a light acidity. A little spiced cinnamon and jam to go with the black pepper and savoury game on the finish.