Chateau La Grande Roche Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
Bottled: June 17, 2022 / 352 Cases (750ml)
Components: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc
100% Forman Vineyard Estate
Aged: 21 Months
80% in Once Used Bordeaux Barrels
20% in New Bordeaux Barrels
352 cases Produced
Chateau la Grande Roche is a brand within the Rossi-Wallace portfolio and is owned by husband and wife team, Ric Forman & Cheryl Emmolo. The name was derived in recognition of the presence of the gravel nature of the Forman Vineyard property which is surrounded by massive boulders (Grande Roche) in a true clos-like fashion.
It is 100% estate grown and is generally predominantly made up of Cabernet Sauvignon but, depending on the vintage, can also have Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petite Verdot as minority components of the blend.
The brand was created in 1984 to insure that the Forman Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon would consistently meet the exacting standards that the wine maintains. One could analogize the brand; Grande Roche is to Forman Vineyard as Pavillion Rouge is to Margeaux.
Certain lots of wine each year, because of the extremely tight specifications of quality for the Forman Vineyard Cabernet, become necessary to isolate and thus go into the Grande Roche blend. Rarely, because of the high-quality of the grapes produced on the estate, are the selected lots terribly far off from the quality of the Forman Vineyard lots.
Vinous – “Forman’s second wine, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Chateau La Grande Roche is absolutely gorgeous. Effusive aromatics and vibrant fruit make a very strong opening statement. Readers will find all the Forman signatures in this mid-weight, classically-built Cabernet Sauvignon. Rose petal, cinnamon and sweet red plum fruit flow across the palate effortlessly, lifted by bright floral accents that lend freshness. This is beautifully done, and a real charmer. Don’t miss it.” (93 Pts)