A deliciously simply concept: the Rochet family owns about 70 Hectares more or less 120 m above sea level and they make just one wine: Château Malbat Rouge! Château Malbat is near the village of La Réole in the zone of Entre Deux Mers - literally "between two seas" which of course refers to the rivers Dordogne and Garonne.
The area is vast, with an equally vast number of Châteaus. The trick is to find quality; particularly in reds, wines are extremely variable from Chateau to Chateau.
The Rochet family started several generations ago and it is thanks to a relatively high position with calcarious and clay soils that the wines have their fruity, expressive quality rather than the often thinly tannic wines too often found in the greater area. With good healthy fruit, the main enological challenge is not to mess it up. Therefore winemaking is simple and the result is pure and balanced.
Daniel and Fabienne Rochet recently planted 3 hectares of Semillon – so who knows – perhaps we'll see a sweet wine from them soon? And in the spirit of full disclosure, we did taste a new wine on our last visit, and this wine was given some aging in new barrique. A delicious experiment, but so far not offered for sale with only about 1000 bottles produced.
Winery: Château Les Malbat
Locale: La Réole (Bordeaux) France