The talented Oliver Rousset is the winemaker for Archipel. Mr. Rousset produces a single red Bordeaux blend. Each year, the percentage of grapes in the cuvee changes based on the growing season and the desired flavor profile.
In 2002, it was a blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Malbec. 94% of these grapes were grown in Sonoma County and 6% were grown in Napa Valley. This wine was aged in a combination of French and American oak for 14 months and has 14.2% alcohol.
The 2001 Archipel was a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc. Like the 2002, it was also aged in French in American oak, but has slightly less alcohol at 14.1%. 2000 was the label’s inaugural vintage.