ROY Estate

Voix Basse (a whisper)
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2013 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 17 | Lot No. 61


ROY Estate

Voix Basse (a whisper)

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

ROY Estate and winemaker Philippe Melka are pleased to present Voix Basse … translation, “whisper.” We say whisper as a metaphor because we believe our vineyard has two “voices,” resulting in two styles of wine crafted from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Voix Basse, which is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, is an expression of Clone 337 at its best, combining purity, minerality and sensuality. All ROY Estate wines are made exclusively from our estate-grown fruit. The Pomo Indians once lived on a rock ledge overlooking this Soda Canyon property. They chose this site due to the hospitable nature of the land. Shirley Roy is privileged to be its caretaker.

Aging Process

30 months in new French Taransaud oak

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Philippe Melka

Winemaker, Roy Estate

Winemaker, Philippe Melka

Philippe Melka began working at Roy Estate in April 2005. He is one of the world's most respected winemakers, who is best known for "finding the voice of the vineyard through its terroir," as Philippe puts it. Philippe was born and raised in the Bordeaux region and graduated from the University of Bordeaux with a degree in geology in 1989 and then earned a second degree in enology in 1991, specializing in agronomy and vineyard soils. He began his career working at wineries in France (Chateau Haut-Brion and Chateau Petrus), Italy (Badia a Coltibuono), Australia (Chittering Estate) and California (Dominus and Ridge) before settling in the Napa Valley in 1994.

"Philippe's attention to detail is amazing," explains Charles Roy, "whether it's how he ropes off sections of the vineyard to differentiate how and when they're to be harvested or how he adds his touch with his thorough understanding of the vineyard as well as each step in the winemaking process."

Country born: France

Education: University of Bordeaux - geology, viticulture, enology

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Honors / Awards:
F&W Winemaker of the Year

Winemaking Philosophy:
I'm a non-interventionist, and prefer to let the vineyard/grapes express themselves through the wine.

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