In 2003, the prestigious Champagne house Louis Roederer decided to create exceptional Bordeaux for its international export sales channel. Following a comprehensive selection process and in depth soils analysis, the decision was made to purchase Chateau Reaut, 26 hectares located in the Côtes de Bordeaux appellation and with amazing potential: hillside vineyard with South exposure, deeply gravely soil with clay and limestone. In grand crus classé style from 2004 onwards, the vineyard was totally replanted with a high density of 5,500 vines per hectare. In 2009, the first vintage was produced with great results. However, in 2010 the strategy of the Champagne house took a new direction and in 2012 a group of 6 Burgundy and 6 Bordeaux friends, all passionate wine professionals, bought the estate from Louis Roederer.
Château Réaut is the first estate in the world to be shared between Bordeaux and Burgundy families. This unique and original combination is symbolized in the label’s crest with the leopard for Bordeaux and azure-gold colors for Burgundy.
Cotes de Bordeaux 2010 – The Wine
Location: Flanking the Garonne River in Rions village, 4 km from Cadillac town, South-East of Bordeaux city.
Topography: 18 hectares steep hill south orientated, 8 hectares top of the hill deep gravels
Density: 5,500 vines/hectare.
Varietals: Merlot 58%, Cabernet Sauvignon 37%, Cabernet Franc 5%.
Soils: deep gravely soil, clay and limestone.
Pruning: Double Guyot method, leaf thinning, green harvesting.
Harvest: 100% manual harvesting in small baskets, vibrating sorting table.
Wine maturation: Desteming, gentle extraction, slow fermentation (30 days) in thermo-regulated vats and partial aging in oak barrels (50%) for 16 months.
Tasting Notes: A garnet-red hue, proof of its promising youth, with a fresh nose of red fruits with subtle toasty notes thanks to the oak aging. Merlot dominant aromatic structure combined with delicate spiciness (black pepper, cinnamon…) and hints of mint coming from the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The mouth is direct with a bit of residual sugar. Well-balanced aromatic structure with jamy fruit and hints of vanilla. A powerful yet elegant wine with soft tannins.
89/100 WINE Spectator: “Dark and slightly chunky in profile, with tobacco, baker’s chocolate and mulled blackberry notes that have yet to meld together fully. The solid structure is nicely polished, and a smoldering bay leaf note lingers nicely. Drink now through 2015”.
Gold medal Concours des FEMINALISE 2013
Commended DECANTER 2013 World Wine Awards
Bronze medal Concours Général Agricole Paris 2013
Bronze medal International Wine Challenge 2013
Gold medal GILBERT & GAILLARD 2013 (85/100)