Château Roc de Levraut is regularly an award winning wine and is produced by Remi and Roger Ballarin, who also own Chateaux Loyasson and Vieux Balestard. They are the third generation to run the Roc de Levrault. The family purchased the chateau in the 1930s and back then the work was was carried out with a pair of oxen. Today the Ballarins employ sustainable agriculture alongside modern oenology to respect the land and the grapes. The chateau vineyards lie near Sauveterre de Guyenne – Guyenne being the historic Duchy of Guyenne (the old name for Aquitaine) that was once under English rule for more than 300 years.
This Roc de Levraut is a Bordeaux Supérieur and wines from this AOC have stricter production norms. They are produced from selected vineyard plots, older vines, smaller yields and the producer must age the wines a minimum of 12 months before selling them. As a result, these wines are generally more complex and have a better ageing potential. This is a wine to be enjoyed with food – try it with braised beef recipes such as osso bucco, steak a la bordelaise as well as game, duck and roast pork.
Press Reviews: Gary White, Chelsea and Fulham Wine Society:
Clear, mid-purple colour, cassis on the nose, firmer tannins, well balanced and a good finish. Plenty of berry fruits on the palate. A well made wine. 15.5/20