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Based in Bordeaux, Michel Rolland has worked with over 100 estates all over the world to craft wines that reflect his signature fruit-driven style. A trip to the Uco Valley in the Mendoza region of Argentina in 1988 made him see its vast potential as a world-class wine destination; he quickly teamed up with four other Bordeaux winemakers and purchased land in Mendoza. Led by Rolland, these men and women combined their passion, expertise, and effort to create one magnificent wine that reflects Rolland's preference for fruity, oak-influenced, silky-textured wines.
The 2016 Clos de los Siete is a blend of 54% Malbec, 18% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah, 3% Petit Verdot, and 1% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 11 months in a combination of new and seasoned oak and concrete vats, it is fleshy yet well-balanced, with loads of red and black fruit characters and layered secondary characters. Check it out!
“Tasting the 2016 Clos de los Siete was a very pleasant surprise, further deepening our appreciation of the exceptional conditions offered by the wonderful Uco Valley. This atypical vintage, with its low temperatures and high rainfall, has produced a wine with intense aromatic expression and tremendous freshness on the palate. A vibrant ruby red color, it has amazing aromas of blackberries and plums with spicy floral notes. On the palate, it is balanced and fresh with a pleasant acidity characteristic of the vintage, giving it an excellent capacity to age. Cabernet Franc was once again included in the blend and, even though it accounts for just 1%, adds an agreeable hint of spice to the palate.” (Michel Rolland, winemaker)
94 points, James Suckling:
"Blackberries, blueberries, crushed violets, hot stones, and dried herbs. Full-bodied with structured tannins, great acidity drive and a medium-chewy finish. A wine that really grows on you, as it exudes charm and finesse. Drink in 2022." (March 2019)
91 points, Tim Atkin:
"Yields were down in 2016, but the quality of this 650,000-bottle blend of mostly Malbec with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot and (for the first time since 2011) Cabernet Franc is as good as ever. Floral, perfumed and subtle, with the balance and freshness of a cooler year, stylish and layered red fruits."
91 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"I also tasted the 2017 next to the 2016 Clos de los Siete, and the difference was noticeable, as this 2016 was fresher and lighter. The varietal breakdown in this cooler year was 54% Malbec, 18% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Syrah, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, slightly higher in Malbec than in 2017. The wine is approachable, balanced and nicely crafted, produced in a nice-to-drink style with fine-grained, chalky tannins. I think there's a little more nuance and elegance here. 656,000 bottles produced."