2016 Chateau Haut Rian Bordeaux Blanc Sec
grass, gooseberry, grapefruit, lime, melon, citrus, mineral, flint, pineapple, apricot, tangerine and peach
apple, pear, kiwi, citrus, stone, grapefruit, melon, pineapple, apricot, tangerine and peach
"This wine come from near the village of Soulignac. The general planting ratio is two thirds old vine Semillon and one third Sauvignon-Blanc. All grapes are harvested in the cool mornings and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wines are bottled after about six months aging. Chateau Haut-Rian is always seductive and brilliant; green-gold tinged with an aromatic fresh nose of newly cut hay, grapefruit and minerals. In the mouth it is extremely well-balanced and has a lingering finish. Ideal as an aperitif, but works equally well with fish or bivalves.
Chateau Haut Rian is owned since 1988 by Michel Dietrich, who hails from Kaysersberg in Alsace, where he grew up in a winemaking family. He has degrees in viticulture and oenology from the College of Beaune and the University of Bordeaux. Also on his resume is a six year stint as manager and head winemaker at Chateau Remy in Australia. Michel’s wife, Isabelle, hails from the Montagne de Reims area of Champagne, also from a winemaking family.
Chateau Haut Rian is located southeast (18 miles) of the city of Bordeaux in the tiny village of Rions. The property is eighty hectares, encompassing parts of the Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux and Entre-Deux-Mers, bordering the village of Cadillac and near the Garonne River, ”where the vines can see the water but won’t get their feet wet”. The climate here is warmer than maritime Medoc but also drier. All of the vineyards are on gentle slopes facing South and Southeast, the topsoil consists of loose pebbles over limestone.
The wines are vegan, no animal derivatives are ever used." -Importer