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Chateau de Reignac Blanc, Bordeaux, France 2004

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2004 Chateau de Reignac Blanc, Bordeaux, France. 14% vol.

This is regularly listed in the top ten whites from Bordeaux

Owned and operated by husband and wife team Yves and Stephanie Vatelot, The Chateau is impressive with Walt Disney style turrets and thoroughbred horses in the paddock beside. There is a disused Moulin or windmill which has been transformed into one of the most impressive tasting rooms - we have ever visited. This obsessive attention to detail comes through in the wine.

Through pruning and "green harvesting" yields were limited to 21hls/ha (one ton/acre). The fruit was hand-harvested in late september. After table sorting, to eliminate any less-than-perfect grapes, the remaining fruit was destemmed and gently crushed. After six hours of pre-fermentation skin contact, the juice was fermented in new oak barrels wherein it was subsequently aged on its fine lees.

The fine blend is 53% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon, 5% Muscadelle and 7% Sauvignon Gris.

Total production in 2004 was 11077 bottles.

"It may be the finest wine being produced in the generic Bordeaux appellation" Robert Parker

An outstanding gravel-rich terroir that sits atop rich clay subsoil, a superb and distinctive estate with a beautifully restored 16th century family home, and an innovative and dynamic team with a passion, indeed an obsession, for quality. The present owners, Yves and Stephanie Vatelot, purchased Reignac in 1990 and have worked continuously ever since to bring the estate back to its former glory while introducing numerous innovations. The very talented Michel Rolland is their consulting oenologist. Reignac produces wines of exceptional and consistent quality, fact that has been recognized by many great wine tasters.

The Terroir

Reignac, an unclassified Great Growth

by Phillippe Gard Agronomical engineer, eonologist & Emmanuelle Chone, Geo-viticultural engineer Synthesis of the results of an agronomical & geological study of Reignac based on 80 geological trenches dug since 2003. At the highest point, the deep gravelly soils are composed of pebbles and gravel. These correspond to ancient alluvial deposits from the Quaternary and Mindel periods – the same deposits that form the essence of the great terroirs of the Medoc and Pessac-Leognan. The hilltop location of the ancient gravel formations and their diverse composition, coupled with the local microclimate, lead to the specific and favourable geological characteristics that consistently favor a high quality harvest. Wines characterised by their finesse blossom in such a terroir.

A great terroir can only express itself where appropriately farmed:

It is widely recognized today that Man remains an essential factor in the production of grand cru classic-caliber wines. Yves Vatelot has consistently made strict and committed choices in this direction over the last 15 years. The qualitative actions taken are well-known: high-density plantation, adaptation of the vines (varietal and rootstock) to the terrain, respect of the soils, grapes harvested at optimal ripeness and carefully sorted, winemaking and aging adapted to each of Reignac's terroirs.

Situated at the confluence of the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers, Reignac offers a unique peculiarity, that of reuniting the best types of terroir of both the Right and the Left Banks in a single estate, which explains the qualitative consistency of its wines, vintage in and vintage out.

This estate is one of a handful of wineries which makes the "old guard" quite nervous and upset. Many Chateau owners whose estates are storied and highly-regarded are not thrilled when wines from previously unheralded properties start to get more recognition than their famous wines.

Hiring famed consulting winemaker Michel Rolland, Vatelot's wine has the unmistakable thumbprint of this globe-trotting enologist.

One of the most impeccably run estates that carries the generic Bordeaux appellation, Reignac is equivalent to a classified growth. Concentrated and medium bodied, with low acidity, ripe tannins, and a moderately long finish, this wine should be delicious when bottled, and age for 7-10 years. "It may be the finest wine being produced in the generic Bordeaux appellation" Robert Parker

90-91/100 A big broadly style Reignac, the deep ruby/purple hued 2003 offers a big, smoky, chocolatey, black currant, licorice, and pain-grille-scented bouquet. This broad, voluptuous, succulently-textured offering is more forward than most Reignacs. Wine Advocate RRP £29.99
2004 Reignac Blanc

91 points. The 2004 from this Bordeaux estate offers honeysuckle and melony fruit characteristics presented in a medium-bodied, crisp, fleshy style. RRP£29.99

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