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The Story

The vineyard of Château de la Rivière extends over 60 hectares of vines planted on a clay-limestone soil. The estate boasts 8 hectares of limestone quarries, ideal for barrel rearing and bottle preservation. 

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. 

Dark red, the dress is intense. The nose is fruity and accompanied by a beautiful woody. The palate is dense with a round, fruity and velvety attack. The middle of the mouth is very well balanced and the finish is long and harmonious. 


Vintage 2020

In Bordeaux, the heat led to early flowering. Additionally, this led to an early harvest after a very hot summer. As a starting point, there is great maturity in the grapes, and we can expect a more opulent vintage than in recent years.

This year's summer was the hottest since 1959, but the rain fell at just the right time during the growing season. The harvest took place two weeks before the norm and will produce grapes with high alcohol potential and the lowest acidity since the 2003 vintage. As they say in Bordeaux: “It was a good and extreme growing season which , hopefully, also produces great wines.”


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Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. A powerful wine with freshness and juicy fruit reminiscent of ripe blackberries, elderberries, black cherries and blackcurrant spurs in the background. Fragrant aromatic herbs and mild spices. On the palate well balanced with ripe yet firm tannins, lush fruit, fine toasting and mild spices. An appealing wine with very good length. 

  • 91p

De La Riviere – it’s an utterly reliable property producing wines of very high quality. As always, pure and stylish, great flair, vivid and vibrant, lush berries with the great support of grained tannin, great complexity and long finish. Stable quality as a rock! 94p.

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