Of all the lofty accolades and ringing endorsements for Argentinean wine, perhaps none trumps that of Michel Rolland. The famed Bordeaux enologist has not only embraced Argentina’s wine industry but also become an integral part of it. He owns a piece of the rock.
Rolland is revered here much as he is everywhere he goes, as one of wine’s finest minds. But here in Uco Valley, in the heart of Mendoza’s wine country, his level of commitment takes on new meaning. He not only owns a vineyard and winery but has also brought with him his own entourage from Bordeaux to form the gated Clos de los Siete property. He even has a street named after him: Avenue Michel Rolland. And he’s making Pinot Noir.
Clos de los Siete is but one of the fascinating stories. While much of Argentina’s buildings and infrastructure look like something out of the 1950s, you wouldn’t know it by looking at some of the modern edifices here.
Clos de Los Siete (“Enclosure of Seven”) is complicated. There are five state-of-the-art wineries, all architectural monuments, set among 2,000 acres of vines, laid out and planted by Rolland’s team. Each of the wineries has its own wines and winemaking team, each of which Rolland supervises. Each of the wineries has its own vineyards within the “Clos,” and each also contributes wine to a co-op label, Clos de los Siete.
Michel Rolland is considered by many as the ultimate modern winemaker. He is a consultant for hundreds of estates over 13 countries and his wines are frequently acclaimed by wine critics. Born on the right bank in a wine making family, he bought a oenology lab in 1973 with his wife. His wines are often full bodied with silky tannins. Michel Rolland is the owner of many estates in Spain, south Africa and Argentina. He's also a consultant for some of the most famous Chateaux in France like Troplong Mondot, Angélus, Ausone, Pontet Canet, Pape Clément... and abroad with Ornellaia (Italy), Grover Vineyards (India), but also in Greece, Bulgaria, USA, Chile..