Chateau La Grande Roche

California, United States


At a Glance
  • Chateau La Grande Roche, or the big rock, is the second label of Forman Vineyard 
  • Proprietor Ric Forman began making wine in Napa Valley in 1966 and is one of the most iconic names in the industry
  • Grande Roche is a selection of barrels that Ric feels don't meet the very best standards to become Forman Cabernet
  • The wine is released a year earlier than Forman and made in the same classic, old world style at a fraction of the price

Chateau La Grande Roche is a brand within the Forman Vineyard family of wines. The name was derived in recognition of the presence of the gravel nature of the Forman Vineyard property which is surrounded by massive boulders (Grande Roche) in a true clos-like fashion. It is 100% estate grown and is generally predominantly made up of Cabernet Sauvignon but, depending on thevintage, can also have Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petite Verdot as minority components of the blend. The brand was created in 1984 to insure that the Forman Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon would consistently meet the exacting standards that the wine maintains.

Certain lots of wine each year, because of the extremely tight specifications of quality for the Forman Vineyard Cabernet, become necessary to isolate and thus go into the Grande Roche blend. The wine is treated in the cellar in the same fashion as that of the Forman Cabernet Sauvignon -- just not aged in new barrels. Because of the superb quality that this small estate produces even the Grande Roche Cabernet Sauvignon is always extremely impressive and certainly represents incredible value. Production is limited -- ranging from 350-600 cases annually.