Château Rocheyron | Saint Émilion Grand Cru, France
Château Rocheyron is a lovely property, beautifully sited in the hamlet of Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes, just 3.6km from the centre of Saint-Émilion, on the edge of the celebrated limestone plateau.
In 2010 Silvio Denz, a co-owner of Clos d’Agon in Spain (Catalonia) and Peter Sisseck owner of the iconic Dominio de Pingus from Ribera del Duero in Spain, indicated their interest in buying Château Rocheyron under the AOC Saint-Emilion Grand Cru.
Château Rocheyron therefore marked the start of a new story of friendship, terroir and passion. Sisseck and Denz could not resist attempting to produce the finest wines from this small but excellent terroir on a limestone plateau, near the Grand Cru Classé estate of Château Laroque.
One of the motivations for the purchase of Rocheyron by Denz and Sisseck was the quality of the vineyards they would have at their disposal. Some of the vines are very old, over 80 years. That takes the average age of the vineyard to over 45 years. A small vineyard, but big on quality, it is planted with 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc grapes.
The château's fermenting room at the rear was completely refurbished in 2011 and fitted with small concrete vats using the latest technology. Denz and Sisseck have had a large maturation cellar built, to house the French oak barriques. They share the same restless search for quality, and a great respect for the grapes of Rocheyron's fine terroir.