84% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon & 2% Malbec
Chateau de la Riviere is one of the leading estates from the appellation of Fronsac which neighbours the famous Right Bank villages of Saint-Emilion & Pomerol. This is Fronsac's most impressive Chateau as well as one of its best producers. In fact, in the 19th century its wines were more highly esteemed than any in the nearby region of Pomerol - funny how things change, isn't it?
The current chateau was built in 1553 by the Mayor of Bordeaux. It is a magnificent estate with stunning architecture & 85 hectares of land. The estate is planted predominantly with Merlot (82%), along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Malbec. The vines are on average 38 years old, though some vines are over 80 years old. Traditional techniques are used and the wine is not heavily oaked – usually 12-18 months prior to bottling.
Hand picking at harvest time and careful sorting of the grapes prior to fermentation has taken quality up even higher than usual in this vintage, while barrel ageing for 15 months in the chateau's 3.5 hectares of underground cellars lends luscious complexity. Merlot dominates the blend, backed up by Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Cabernet Franc.
Food pairing: Rabbit and other game meats