Chateau Haut Rian Bordeaux Blanc 2015
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Château Haut-Rian 2015 Bordeaux Blanc
Variety: Bordeaux-style White Blend, White Blend
Appellation: Bordeaux Blanc, Bordeaux, France
Winery: Château Haut-Rian
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Importer: VOS Selections
Date Published: 9/1/2016
Isabelle and Michel Dietrich brought their wine talents from Alsace, Champagne, and Adelaide to this estate. The result is a wine that is deliciously crisp and perfumed. With its bright acidity, grapefruit and orange flavors and hint of minerality, it is balanced and ready to drink. The fresh aftertaste continues the immediately accessible character of the wine.
Château Haut Rian, Bordeaux Blanc, Bordeaux, France, 2015
Producer: Château Haut Rian
Sub-region: Bordeaux Blanc
Style: Still - Dry (below 5 g/L residual sugar)
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape composition: 60% Sémillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc
Tasting notes: 90/100 Fine, complex nose with some waxy semillon and fresh Sauvignon. Soft and elegant with fresh mango and melon tones on the palate, lovely long finish.
By Chateau Haut Rian
Bordeaux Blanc 2015
Grapes: 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 60% Sémillon - blending the two is what makes Bordeaux Blanc so different.
Winemaking: Grapes are smoothly pressed, juice and heavy lies are splitted (débourbage) and fermentation starts in in tanks. Temperature is always kept below 20°C and we do our best to avoid any contact with oxygen.
Temperature for tasting: 10-12°C
To drink: Within 2-3 years
Chateau Haut Rian is located southeast (18 miles) of the city of Bordeaux in the tiny village of Rions. The property is eighty hectares, encompassing parts of the Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux and Entre-Deux-Mers, bordering the village of Cadillac and near the Garonne River, ”where the vines can see the water but won’t get their feet wet”. The climate here is warmer than maritime Medoc, but it's also drier. All of the vineyards are on gentle slopes facing south and southeast, while the topsoil consists of loose pebbles over limestone.
The wine has very fruitful notes, leading with a sharp, intense palate, turning to a full smoothness, and finishes long and fresh. You have to taste it with oysters!
"This delightful dry white wine is meant to be drunk young, cool and fresh. It delivers striking scents of lime and lemon rind, whiffs of honeydew and even a hint of seashells. And no taste of oak to be found, just “pure play” dry white. If there’s a better dry white wine for the (little) money, I haven’t tasted it. I’ve tasted a good many dry whites at twice this price that aren’t even half as good. This wine could easily become your 'house white'- it’s that good." - Matt Kramer
[Information provided by Olivier Nouet]