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2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Sunday, 28 December 2008

Jean-Max Roger: long-time fine exponent of red Sancerre

(27th December 2008)

2006 Sancerre Rouge Jean-Max Roger

It can be easy to overlook the length of time that Jean-Max Roger has been making good red Sancerre. Long before Alphonse Mellot jnr joined Alphonse snr in 1993 and then proceeded to produce transform the Mellot reds, Jean-Max was producing fine, age-worthy reds. I remember with pleasure the 1989 and 1990 vintages. These have never been blockbusting Pinots. Instead medium weight with good concentration of ripe fruit and well balanced. The 2006 Vieliles Vignes is in this same line with an attractively bright colour, soft raspberry fruit but with enough structure to allow it to age well, although it is delicious and seductive now.

Jean-Max Roger, 11 Place de Carrou, 18300 Bué


David McDuff said...

Thanks for the note, Jim, even if it is a bit frustrating. I've been selling Jean-Max's Menetou-Salon Blanc "Le Charnay" for years but, not having visited him in situ, have never tasted any of his reds as the importer never brings any into the US. Given your words, maybe I'll try to make a case for changing that in the new year.

Happy holidays!

Jim Budd said...

Hi David. Well worth visiting Jean-Max if you get the chance. Best wishes for 2009.