Château Rahoul’s vineyards, which were painstakingly redeveloped over the past 10 years, are established on sandy-gravel and clay-gravel soils typical of the Graves appellation. Worked towards certification to recognise the quality of our rigorous, environmentally-conscious regime, we have now been awarded level 2 of the “High Environmental Value” certification (HVE2).

In a year of extraordinary weather, it has been more important than ever to meticulously adapt vineyard management practices on these well-drained soils in order to counteract the prolonged effects of excess rain followed by record drought. Significant water shortage halted growth in the canopy, leaving the vine to focus all its energy on developing tannins and anthocyanins, and attaining good levels of ripeness.

A peak in heatwave conditions was followed towards the end of August by cool nights which helped preserve the aromas in the white grapes. The Sauvignon blanc and Semillon were picked in the cool of the morning to retain the grapes’ natural acidities. With prominent notes of fruits and white flowers, accompanied by a delicate hint of smoke, the grapes express all the typicity of the terroir here at Château Rahoul.

The reds fully benefited from the warm, bright weather that marked the second half of September. The blends reveal complex wines, where the concentrated structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon allies to perfection with the ripe, fleshy and colour-rich Merlot.