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Bordeaux, 2018. Chateau Des Deux Rives

Bordeaux, 2018. Chateau Des Deux Rives

Item #: B0820R2IF
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Bordeaux
Vineyard/Appellation: Bordeaux, France
Color: Dark Magenta
Nose: Violets, Cranberry
Palate: Lilting Cherry
Finish: Earthy
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2024/Red Meat, Fowl, Game/13% Alcohol by Volume

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Chateau Des Deux Rives is managed by Christine Sautet, who is also the winemaker. She represents a growing trend of women winemakers in a field that was once dominated by males. Some even say that women are better winemakers because they have a lighter touch. While an interesting theory, it would certainly be impossible to prove as everybody's taste is different. What we do know is that women have more taste buds on their tongue than men, so they actually taste more of what's there.

The chateau was founded in the late 19th Century in the Entres Deux Mers region of Bordeaux. The name literally translates into "between two shores," though those shores are actually large rivers. The location is quite beneficial, as it sits high on a hill, but next to the river. This makes for a more temperate climate as well as soils that are greatly enjoyed by vines. The property is also certified as organic, biodynamic and sustainable.

The blend is pretty much the classic mix of 68% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. The vineyards are South and Southeast facing, which means they get optimal sun exposure. This is important in places of higher latitude where the summers are generally cooler.

These conditions translate to a generally softer and more approachable wine than those made further West in the Medoc. Here we enjoy a lavish expression of fruit and soil with touches of leather, cassis and cherry. It could easily handle any grilled meats from a charred to a rotisserie chicken