Chateau D'Arsac 2018
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
Attractive aromas of blackcurrant and black cherry with some flowers, following through to a medium body with very fine tannins and lovely integration of fruit. Delicious now or hold.
Barrel Sample: 89-91
The 2018 Château d’Arsac has an attractive bouquet of blackberry, cassis and light violet aromas, understated at first but opening with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with graphite-tinged black fruit, taut and focused, not powerful or voluminous yet full of tension and precision on the finish. Very fine.
Drinking window: 2023 - 2036
From an estate on clay-loam-limestone soils owned by Philippe Raoux of Château d'Arsac. Packed with elongated, soft tannins, and rich red and black fruits. A little short through the finish but lots to enjoy here and an excellent discovery. 50% new oak. Drinking Window 2022 - 2036
Philippe Raoux acquired the Arsac property in 1986 and made extensive renovations to the chateau and completely modernized the winery. Aside from the standing walls, he basically started the renovations from scratch. His other priority was to reconstruct the 112 hectares of vineyard and to revive the quality of wine. A unique experience occurred when he approached the INAO, France’s national wine institution and wine regulation board, to re-qualify Chateau d’Arsac’s vineyard into the Margaux appellation. A true expression of tenacity by a vineyard owner. Since 1995, 54 hectares of the vineyard are classified under the AOC Margaux appellation, the remainder are classified under the AOC Haut-Médoc appellation.
Phillipe Raoux’s visionary outlook sought him to create a solid alliance between wine, vines and living art. He endeavours continuously to make Chateau d’Arsac a permanent expression of linking modernity with tradition. He entrusted the Bordeaux architect Patrick Hernandez the careful task of rehabilitating the Chateau d’Arsac and to enter the property into audacious modernity. By combining stainless steel, wood, glass and painting the winery electric blue, Chateau d’Arsac stands out visibly and is now regarded as one of the most original chateaux of the Médoc.