Long Shadows Winery
  

Winemakers


Michel Rolland

Michel Rolland is considered to be one of the most influential winemakers in the world.  A graduate of the esteemed Bordeaux Faculty of Oenology, he continues to build upon this practical source of knowledge through observations in his own laboratory in Pomerol, France.  He consults for over 100 vintners and vineyards worldwide, producing wines with an alluring style recognized as the “Rolland Method”.
 
MIchel also maintains partnership interests in far-flung regions of the globe, including his involvement with Long Shadows Vintners. His home, however, is in Pomerol, where he owns and manages a number of holdings and fine wine estates: Chateau Le Bon Pasteur in Pomerol, Chateau Bertineau Saint-Vincent in Lalande-de-Pomerol, Chateau Rolland-Maillet in Saint-Emilion, and Chateau Fontenil in Fronsac.  In addition, Michel manages the Chateau La Grande Clotte in Lussac-Saint-Emilion under a vineyard lease system.
 
Vineyard management techniques championed by Michel include effeuillage (thinning of leaves), and eclaircissage (pruning of clusters), both used to encourage the advent of perfectly ripened grapes. Aging on the lees in new oak barrels and in-barrel malolactic fermentation are also Michel's trademarks.
 
However, those who view the “Rolland Method” as a craftsman’s book of recipes have missed the mark. MIchel is not a technician – he is, first and foremost, an observer.  He studies the surround, that is, the blend of personality traits that distinguishes the vintner, the vineyard, and the grower.  In uncanny fashion, Michel understands the unique culture of the wine - and therefore the nuances that separate an unexciting wine from something quite extraordinary. It is this ability to understand the wine that makes him such an amazing oenologist.
 
Michel and Dany (a qualified enologist in her own right), are usually winging their way to a vineyard in some far corner of the world. However, they make a point of returning home each year to celebrate the birthdays of their two daughters, Marie and Stephanie, and grandchildren, Camille, Arthur, Theo and Raphael.
         

Armin Diel

Randy Dunn

John Duval

Ambrogio & Giovanni Folonari

Agustin Huneeus, Sr.

Philippe Melka

Gilles Nicault

Michel Rolland