The French oenologist Michel Rolland (* 1947) comes from an im Pomerol active winegrower family. After training at the School of Viticulture of the famous Château La Tour Blanche he studied until 1972 at the University of Bordeaux, At that time there were the famous oenologists Pascal Ribéreau-Gayon (1930-2011) and Émile Peynaud (1912-2004) as professors who influenced him significantly. Rolland is one of the most sought after consultants in the wine world. His reputation founded in the late 1970s at wineries on Rive droite (right bank) in Bordelais, where especially red wines with a high proportion of Merlot as Cabernet Franc dominate. His worldwide rise as a leader Flying Winemaker then took place in parallel with his friend American wine critic Robert Parker (* 1947), who also began his career at this time.
Rolland's style is deep-colored, extra-rich, high-alcohol, supple red wines from highly ripe grapes with a strong use of new barriques, but taking into account the respective terroirs, This often also draws one through wood and high alcohol content caused sweet sensation out. In interplay with Parkers wine reviews both of them exerted a major influence on the vinification methods worldwide. The documentary film "Mondovino" by US filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter, which won an award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004, shows the impact of the film globalization to the different wine regions of the world. In it, Rolland and Parker become as almost diabolical protagonists of a worldwide wine uniformation with so-called Coca-Cola wines what is not justified in the opinion of experts. Because the variety of wines from Rolland advised wineries prove exactly the opposite. He is not, as shown in the film, an unconditional advocate of micro-oxygenation,
Michel Rolland runs with his wife Dany a laboratory with about a dozen employees in Pomerol, whose analytical services form the basis for the diverse consulting activities. They own four wineries, these are the already belonging to Rolland's grandfather parent Château Le Bon Pasteur (Pomerol), Château Berineau St. Vincent (Lalande de Pomerol), Château Rolland-Maillet (St-Émilion) and Château Fontenil (Fronsac). In addition, there are joint ventures with various wineries in Spain. Argentina and South Africa,
Rolland has been active on more than 100 companies on every continent. The supported wineries read like a Who's Who of the international wine world. In France, among others Château Angélus. Château Ausone. Château Beau-Séjour-Bécot. Château Beauséjour Duffau Lagarosse. Château Belgrave. Château Bonalgue. Château Canon. Château Citran. Château Clinet. Château de Camensac. Château Destieux. Château Figeac. Château Kirwan. Château La Gaffelière. Château La Dominique. Château Larmande. Château Laroque. Château Lascombes. Château La Tour Carnet. Château La Tour-Martillac. Château Léoville-Poyferré. Château Le Pin. Château L'Évangile. Château Malescot Saint-Exupéry. Château Pape-Clément. Château Pavie. Château Pontet-Canet. Château Prieuré-Lichine. Château Puech skin. Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte. Château Troplong-Mondot and Château Valandraud, Others were among others Lapostolle (Chile), Marqués de Griñón (Spain), Ornellaia (Italy), Simi Winery (California) and Trapiche (Argentina).