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History

Château de la Rivière has Fronsac's most imposing Château as well as being one of its best producers. In the 19th century Château de la Rivière is considered the finest producer in this highly rated commune according to Ferret's famous work of 1867. Its fortunes dipped during the next 100 years or so and it wasn't until Jacques Borie purchased it that it regained its position as one of Fronsac's finest producers. Recently the property changed hands, but its reputation stands unchallenged.

It was restored in the 19th century under the eye of a group of renowned architects including Viollet Le Duc. Its 3 hectares of underground cellars are an ideal setting for maturing the wines it produces

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Vineyards

The property consists of 53 hectares of vineyards and the wine is typically a blend of Merlot (65%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%), Cabernet Franc (12%) and Malbec (8%). The wines are matured in the Chateau's cellars which, comprising of an astonishing 9 hectares, are the largest underground cellars in Bordeaux.

The wines are deeply coloured and display good concentration and length. They are at their best with 3-5 years of bottle ageing.

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Winemaking

The winemaking is done in concrete, stainless steel and wood vats. The alcoholic fermentation and maceration take place for four weeks with temperature control. Malolactic fermentation is carried out in new barrels. The breeding continues for 15 months in barrels. 40% of the wine is matured in new barrels with aging on the lees for 6 months, while 60% of the wine is aged in barrels that are 1 to 2 years old.

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 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de la Rivière . In a tasting of  57 wines 

Château Cos d’Estournel 2019 - 65% Cabernet Sauvignon + 35% Merlot, 14% alcohol, 55% new oak. Wow, this is real, real enjoyment for one's senses! I think 2019 here definitively breaks up with old-style Cos and continues with the gentler and more soil character-oriented style which started since 2014 vintage. Max. 27 degrees C during alcoholic fermentation. Excellent presence of cigar box, tobacco-leaf and scent of grilled bacon, so typical aromas for Cabernet Sauvignon here. Extremely refined and sophisticated on the nose and palate, multi-layered with stunning complexity, depth and length. Touch down!! 98-100p.

7m 15d ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château de la Rivière . In a tasting of  27 wines 

Bordeaux 2019 / 2019 Château Pichon Longueville Baron
Ruby. Lush nose of cassis, blackberries, blueberries, tobacco, chocolate and truffles. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, rounded, detailed, juicy, the structure behind is hidden behind velvety fruit and rich concentration, layered and deep with an amazingly long finish. 97-99

7m 20d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château de la Rivière . In a tasting of  113 wines 

A great surprise just before the weekend: a pallet with over 120 wines from the Grand Cercle arrived. So another long tasting day is waiting for me.

9m 1d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de la Rivière . In a tasting of  66 wines 

2017 is a vintage bringing back Bordeaux to its roots, offering a very classic wine style with lower alcohol levels than in the previous years but with often excellent aromatic expression. 2015 and 2016 have surely been better vintages than last year, but based on a first impression 2017 seems to be better than 2014. The evolution will show, that 2017 is far from becoming a "forgotten vintage". Some nice surprises will be waiting for us.

2y 8m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de la Rivière . In a tasting of  502 wines 

“2015 will be one of the excellent vintages however hardly to compare to 2009 and 2010 or 2005. In 2015 the region played a major role, terroir was the key to success. For red wines, the limestone plateau in Saint-Emilion performed extremely well as there was water available during the hot summer days and drainage proved to be ideal during rainy August. Therefore the best wines of Saint-Emilion come from limestone soils. The sandy parts of the appellation produced a quite heterogeneous result. In Pomerol it looked the same with very successful wines from the central plateau and more heterogeneous qualities from the areas around. In Fronsac it was not only the terroir which proved important, the vintners decision had a major impact. Pessac-Léognan did extremely well in this vintage with a homogenous quality. The Médoc was divided. The southern part, mainly Margaux and the southern part of Saint-Julien have seen less rain and produced more powerful wines. The northern part of the Médoc, especially Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe have produced a very fine and elegant style with excellent persistence. On the good terroirs, the seeds were ripe which results in very ripe tannins with a silky or velvety expression. In addition the cooler conditions of autumn provoked a very pure and fresh fruit. For the dry white wines the quality depends very much on the origin again. Due to the hot and dry growing season, a lot of white wines show very mild, almost soft acidity but also some phenolic hints in the aftertaste. A few dry white wines are standing out, having preserved freshness and acidity. The sweet wines are remarkably good, very rich in character and the best of them have a crisp acidity balancing the opulent sugar. The tasting conditions were rather good, however the weather was quite mixed affecting the presentation of the wines. The wines were tasted blind where possible and open. The final decision on the rating is based on both tasting types.”

4y 10m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de la Rivière . In a tasting of  22 wines 

“In general, the 2013 vintage seemed more positive for white wines. The dry whites from Pessac-Léognan and the Graves region have a pleasant character and are quite typical for its appellation. The sweet wines from Sauternes and Barsac showed some excellent examples.
With this information in mind, the Primeur tastings started as usually at the end of March, beginning of April 2014. The mood of the producers was not cheerful at all, as some articles condemned the vintage even before the Primeur tastings and some tasters even refrained from attending this tasting judging the wines as too poor. “The worst vintage since the war” was the title of an internet publication.”

5y 1m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château de la Rivière . In a tasting of  193 wines 

“Bordeaux Primeurs 2015 / Vintage 2014 wines from 88-94 points”

5y 10m ago

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