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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.|
Winemaking practices: The wines are vegan, no animal derivatives are ever used. The whites and rosés are fined with bentonite, the reds are unfined.
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|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.|
"This delightful dry white wine is meant to be drunk young, cool and fresh. It delivers striking scents of lime and lemon rind, whiffs of honeydew and even a hint of seashells. And no taste of oak to be found, just “pure play” dry white. If there’s a better dry white wine for the (little) money, I haven’t tasted it. I’ve tasted a good many dry whites at twice this price that aren’t even half as good. This wine could easily become your “house white”- it’s that good." - Matt Kramer
|This rich and charming rosé is a blend of Merlot 50%, Cabernet Franc 40% and Cabernet Sauvignon 10% grown on clay-limestone soils. Half of the harvest goes through a cold-maceration for 18 hours before being pressed. The other half goes straight to a pneumatic press. After the musts are racked the blend is assembled and is then fermented at a cool temperature.|
The result is a wine with a bright color and fresh aromas: red currants, strawberries, licorice root and spices. In the mouth the wine is round and savory, fresh without any hard edges with a lingering, fruit-filled finish.
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