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There’s a reason why Michel Rolland is a Top 5 Winemaker. His ability to extract deep concentration, and soul, out of the finest vineyards in Argentina is unparalleled. He's now considered to make some of Argentina’s greatest Malbecs. Raw power, amazing structure and nothing but wave after wave of palate-staining fruit…Mariflor is so concentrated it should require government oversight!
About the wine
French wine megastar Michel Rolland has traveled the world, and produced so many 98+ points wines, it's not even funny. Upon a visit to Argentina, he discovered what every visitor does: The Argentine life is bold, colorful and full of personality. He was immediately inspired by the country: towering mountain ranges, sublime Tango music and of course, the world's greatest grilled meats. Mariflor is his tribute to the majestic Andean foothill vineyards of the Uco Valley. It's a wine that immediately transports you to a serene patch of virgin land, surrounded by majestic mountains, the smells of perfectly grilled ojo de bife mingling with the heady bouquet of a bold Malbec. It's a magical feeling perfectly captured by the unbridled personality of Mariflor.
Winemaker: Michel Rolland
Appellation: Vista Flores, Uco Valley, Mendoza
- 94-95 pts: Walter Moore, WSET Diploma, CSW
- 93 pts: James Suckling
- 92 pts: Wine Enthusiast
- 91 pts: Wine Advocate
- 90 pts: Vinous
Grapes: 100% Malbec (3600 ft elevation)
Vineyard: Clos de los Siete Vineyard
Cooperage: 18-24 months in mostly new French oak
About the winery
It began with a phone call and a fax where neither party shared a common language. Still, the general idea of making wine in Argentina sounded exciting to the Rollands and they flew to Buenos Aires to learn about the country. They toured the country from North to South, taking in the stories of the people, their culture, their food and the landscape. The more Michel Rolland and his wife were in Argentina, the more they wanted to be a part of the life there. They discovered that an old-vine plot of Malbec they absolutely had to have. But there was no winery there to make it. An old French friend of theirs, Catherine Péré-Vergé, believed in the project and the surrounding areas and hurriedly built a winery to house the Rolland's first vintages. In 2010, Bodega Rolland finally completed their own estate winery.
About the vineyard
Mariflor is crafted from Malbec grown in the upper reaches (3600ft) of Rolland's Clos de los Siete Vineyard in the prestigious Vista Flores section of Mendoza's Uco Valley. Think of it as the Stag's Leap District or Diamond Mountain of Mendoza. It's here where the top Malbec vines are farmed rigorously to low yields which result in maximum ripeness and concentration. In fact, very few Malbecs of this calibre make it out of Argentina. This is the real stuff. The very best!
About the winemaker, Michel Rolland
Born on his family's estate in Bordeaux, Michel Rolland was the heir apparent to the famed Chateau Le Bon Pasteur estate in Pomerol. He was the next in line to continue the family's tradition of world-class Right-Bank Bordeaux. After excelling in his studies, he worked with France's foremost oenologists and quickly was anointed the leading winemaker of his generation. Bordeaux's most famous estates soon came to the gates of Le Bon Pasteur, requesting Rolland's genius assistance. Rolland's techniques dramatically remade some of Bordeaux's most famous estates, earning levels of acclaim never before achieved. In all, some 100 Bordeaux wineries enlisted Rolland's help to reach peak quality. When Rolland took his talents abroad, he deployed his considerable expertise and set new standards abroad. Decanter named him one of the five greatest winemakers in the world – suffice to say, Michel Rolland's wines are can't miss quality.
95 points, Walter Moore, WSET Diploma, CSW
"From the legend, Michel Rolland, this is one of the most expressive and perfectly balanced Malbec's I've ever tasted! Ink black in color, the very expressive nose (for a Malbec) smells of dense dark super-ripe plums and spicy peppered meat with a floral hint of geraniums. And the savory palate reveals bold flavors of concentrated blackberry and Bing cherry compote, dried pepperoni, and smokey cigar. Polished ripe tannins balance the abundant fruit making a sublimely silky mouthfeel and the wine finishes with a long dry leathery finish. I adore the sweet and savory balance of this wine and this, along with the soft tannins, make it perfect for the leaner cuts of meat like skirt steak or white meat dishes like Asian pork with plum sauce or grilled Chicken."