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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.
In Bordeaux, the heat resulted in early flowering. Also, this led to an early harvest after a very hot summer. As a starting point, there is great maturity in the grapes, and one can expect a more opulent vintage than in the last few years.
The summer this year has been the warmest since 1959, yet the rain has fallen at the right times during the growing season. The harvest took place two weeks before the norm and will yield grapes with high potential alcohol and the lowest acidity since the 2003 vintage. As they say in Bordeaux: "It has been a good and extreme growing season which hopefully also produces great wines".