Michel Rolland in Bulgaria
By now it must be obvious that I will try any affordable wine such as today’s Bulgarian selection. I was surprised by the quality of the fruit in this wine so I emailed John at MacArthur Beverages. He mentioned that Michel Rolland had a hand in making the wine. Indeed he does play a role in the revamped Telish Wine Cellar which was established in 1960. In 1999 it was privatized and acquired by Jair Agopian. He set about planting new vineyards in 2004 and in 2006 completed the new Castra Rubra Winery. Michel Rolland was brought in as chief wine consultant. Today there are wines produced under the Telish and Castra Rubra labels. These wines use fruit sourced from some 200 hectares of estate and 350 hectares of controlled vineyards.
This is a well made, international wine which should have broad appeal. It is actually a good amount of wine for the price and I suspect it should develop throughout the year. It would be fun to serve this wine blind to your friends. This bottle was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.
2009 Telish, Bulgariana, Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah, Thracian Valley – $11
Imported by G&B Importers. This wine is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Syrah. Alcohol 14%. The color was a light to medium garnet. The nose was light but tight. In the mouth this medium bodied wine offered up blacker and blue fruit of nice quality. There was reasonable ripeness, weight, and depth at first but also some firmness indicating youth. There were black fruits and graphite in the finish which left chewy, ripe tannins on the lips. It tastes modern. Already throwing sediment. **(*) Now-2017.