Château Le Rey is a continuous property of 12 hectares, situated on a clay-limestone terroir on the right bank of the Dordogne. It occupies a privileged position on the plateau of Sainte-Colombe, a little town east of Saint-Émilion. The town full of history, including the remains of a Roman villa and its mosaics, as well as a classified Romanesque church from the 12th century.
This very ancient property has belonged to the Roque family since the Louis XIII period. The last descendant of this family is Philippe Le Roy, who comes from a long line of winemakers and coopers. He will be the one that will pass on the baton.
Château Le Rey was bought by a trio of friends in 2016: Peter Kwok (Hong Kong, Château Tour Saint Christophe, Château Haut-Brisson, Château La Patache, Enclos Tourmaline); Philippe Lambrecht (owner of the great Belgian wine import company, Wijnhandel de Brabandere, and owner of Bodega Mas Alta in Priorat); and Jean-Christophe Meyrou (Bordeaux, Director of Vignobles K).
The average age of the vines is 30 years, and the conduct of the vineyard follows the environmentally-friendly philosophy of our other properties.
Today two cuvées are produced at Château Le Rey: 'Les Argileuses' and Les 'Rocheuses'. These two wines are not typical of Bordeaux first and second label wines, but instead are made in a Burgundy style with a terroir philosophy. 'Les Argileuses' is produced from a green and blue clay terroir and 'Les Rocheuses' from a 100% limestone terroir.
Notes and Reviews
Lovely lifted nose of violet, ripe red fruit, and gunflint. The palate is soft, delicate, and well balanced, with finely-grained tannins, loads of fruit, and very pure. A very lengthy lingering finish.
|Grape Varieties||Merlot, Cabernet Franc|
|Age of Vines||30 years old|
|Vinification||Hand picked and sorted. Fermentation and maceration in conical stainless-steel tanks by plot.|
|Elevage||6 months in stainless-steel tanks (no oak)|
|Soil Type||Green and blue clay (plot #1 and #3)|