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Date Printed: 11/26/2014
Chateau de Reignac Cuvee Speciale 2002
Chateau de Reignac Cuvee Speciale 2002
(search item no. 79742)
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $32.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"The 2002 Reignac exhibits a saturated purple color as well as copious quantities of sweet black currant fruit intertwined with espresso, cocoa, and toasty oak characteristics. Medium-bodied and deep, with loads of concentration along with background spice and structure, it should drink well for 10-12 years. One cannot praise proprietor Yves Vatelot enough for the extraordinary quality he achieves from this Bordeaux Superieur vineyard."
-Wine Advocate 88-91 Barrel Sample
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About Château de Reignac:

Château 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 château 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 signature wrought iron railings and in 1868, a remarkable greenhouse was designed by Gustave Eiffel.

The present owners, Yves and Stephanie Vatelot, purchased Reignac in 1990 and have worked continuously ever since to restore the estate to its former glory while introducing numerous innovations. The world-renowned Michel Rolland is their consulting oenologist.

"Reignac 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..."
- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate