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"The 2001 is a worthy rival to the 2000, which I believe is the finest Reignac yet produced. The 2001's saturated opaque purple color is followed by aromas of pure creme de cassis intermixed with subtle vanillin and minerals. The wine possesses gorgeous delineation, a layered texture, and superb purity, symmetry, and overall balance. It should drink well for 10-12 years after its release.
Statisticians will be pleased to know this is a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon made from vines averaging 38 years of age. Yields are an incredibly small 26 hectoliters per hectare. The vineyard was de-leafed twice, crop-thinned vigorously, and the wine enjoyed such state-of-the-art winemaking techniques as micro-oxygenation of the lees, lees aging, malolactic in barrel, and no fining or filtration. This is the standard bearer for what can be achieved by a passionate proprietor who cuts yields to a minimum, and does everything right in the cellar. Reignac is the leading candidate for the finest generic Bordeaux produced year in and year out. It can compete favorably with classified growths, although it is hard to know how well it will age, or whether it will develop the complexity of a classified growth at age ten or so."
Chateau de Reignac sits atop the highest point in the parish of Saint Loubes, overlooking a 135-hectare clay and gravel rise that includes a single 80-hectare block of vines.
The original chateau was built by Seigneur Baude de Peyron in the 16th century. It was remodeled in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the late 1800s, a central courtyard was added that features his...Read More About Chateau de Reignac
A few extra appellations: Bourg & Blaye These two appellations are just across the Gironde river from the Haut-Medoc - a bit northwest of St-Émilion and its satellites. Bourg is the smaller appellation, nestled under the much bigger Blaye. Both have AC status, Cotes de Bourg AC and Cotes de Blaye AC. One step up on the AOC chain is the Premieres Cotes de Blaye AC, producing...Read More About Other Bordeaux
Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...Read More About Bordeaux Red Blends
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