The French oenologist Michel Rolland (* 1947) comes from an im Pomerol active winemaker family. After training at the famous viticulture school Château La Tour Blanche he studied at the University of Bordeaux, At that time the famous oenologists Pascal were there Ribéreau-Gayon (1930-2011) and Émile Peynaud (1912-2004) worked as professors who significantly influenced him. Rolland is one of the most coveted consultants in the wine world. His reputation for wineries started in the late 1970s on Rive droite (right bank) in the Bordelais, where mainly red wines with a high proportion of Merlot such as Cabernet Franc dominate. His worldwide rise as a leader Flying Winemaker then took place parallel to the American wine critic Robert, who was a friend of his Parker (* 1947), who also started his career at this time.
The style represented by Rolland is deep, extra-rich, alcohol-strong, supple red wines from highly mature grapes with a strong use of new ones barriques, but taking into account the respective terroirs, This often also features a wood and high alcohol content evoked sweetness sensation. In interaction with Parkers wine reviews Both of them exerted a major influence on the vinification methods worldwide. The documentary "Mondovino", which was awarded at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004 by the US filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter, shows the effects of globalization to the different wine regions of the world. In it Rolland and Parker are seen as downright diabolical protagonists of a worldwide wine uniform with so-called Coca-Cola wines presented what is not justified by experts in the opinion. The variety of wines from the wineries advised by Rolland prove the opposite. He is also not, as shown in the film, an unconditional advocate of micro-oxygenation,
Michel Rolland and his wife Dany run a laboratory in Pomerol with around a dozen employees, whose analytical services form the basis for the wide range of advisory activities. You own four wineries, these are the main business owned by Rolland's grandfather, Château Le Bon Pasteur (Pomerol), Château Berineau St. Vincent (Lalande de Pomerol), Château Rolland-Maillet (St-Émilion) and Chateau Fontenil (Fronsac). There are also joint ventures with various wineries in Spain. Argentina and South Africa,
Rolland has worked for well over 100 companies on all continents. The supported wineries read like a who's who of the international wine world. In France, these included Château Angélus. Chateau Ausone. Château Beau-Séjour-Bécot. Château Beauséjour Duffau-Lagarosse. Château Belgrave. Château Bonalgue. Château Canon. Chateau Citran. Chateau Clinet. Chateau de Camensac. Château Destieux. Château Figeac. Chateau Kirwan. Château La Gaffelière. Château La Dominique. Château Larmande. Château Laroque. Chateau Lascombes. Château La Tour Carnet. Château La Tour-Martillac. Château Léoville-Poyferré. Château Le Pin. Château L'Évangile. Château Malescot Saint-Exupéry. Château Pape-Clement. Chateau Pavie. Chateau Pontet-Canet. Château Prieuré-Lichine. Château Puech-Haut. Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte. Château Troplong-Mondot and Chateau Valandraud, Others included Lapostolle (Chile), Marqués de Griñón (Spain), Ornellaia (Italy), Simi Winery (California) and Trapiche (Argentina).