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Château Reysson

Cru Bourgeois Supérieur - AOC Haut-M

Château Reysson

Château Reysson dates back as far as the Middle-Age. Located at the summit of a magnificent plateau, the vineyard is planted on limestone-clay and limestone rock (fossilised shells), which is particularly suited to cultivating Merlot. Having been responsible for managing this estate since 2001, and now its current owners, Dourthe has been responsible for managing this estate since 2001 and has undertaken a large-scale quality enhancement programme including yield control, intensification of green harvesting and complete renovation of the winery facilities. Château Reysson now has the distinction of being a shining example of high quality, accessible Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois wines.

Vinification & Ageing

Traditional vinification in stainless steel vats with temperature control. Pre-fermentation maceration on some batches.

Maturing in oak barrels for 12 to 14 months.

~~ Find out more about the property ~~
2020 - 2019 - 2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008

The vintage

2020 is an early, demanding vintage, which afforded the teams little respite. This was a year defined by nerve-racking disease pressure and contrasting weather. Winter was mild and wet, fully replenishing water reserves in the soils, and followed by a particularly hot spring with plentiful rainfall. The conditions promoted vine growth, and coaxed budburst and flowering to arrive ten to fifteen days in advance, varying from parcel to parcel. The dry summer and lack of water set in later this year, and was also cooler than the norm. From mid-July onwards, the heat triggered perfect maturation in the grapes, while lack of water carries the promise of great complexity and generous tannins. This vintage is defined by the 10-day precociousness, small berries, high quality, tannic juices and terrific aromatic freshness.

Tasting notes

Dark and appealing garnet in appearance. Fresh aromas on the nose reveal the character of Chateau Reysson’s clay-limestone terroir, accompanied by complex notes fusing black fruits, violet and blackcurrant blossom. On the palate, silky tannins develop against a long, lingering finish.

Blend

93% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

Vinaria

*** Etwas verkapselte Nase, gewisse Fülle, bisschen Gewürze, dunkle Frucht, etwas Veilchen, ein Hauch von süBem Kremser Senf, noch unfertig; saftiges Entrée, mittelgewichtig, etwas herber Hintergrund, mittlere Statur, gewisse Frische, mittleres Spiel, mittlerer Abgang, saftig hinten.

Wine Chronicles.com
- 92-93/100

Succulent and precise, a delicious wine...

Perswijn
- ***(*)etoile(s)

Goed

Smaak: zacht en elegant, fine zuren, lichte tannine

Vert de vin
- 90/100

Le nez est fruité, frais et offre une très fine concentration...La bouche est fruitée et offre de la jutosité, de la minéralité, une bonne définition de la gourmandise, de la suavité, de la rondeur ainsi qu'une certaine puissance et une bonne structure...  

The Wine Cellar Insider
- 89-91/100

Soft, medium-bodied, round, supple and juicy with a core of ripe plums, cherries and currants and a hint of chocolate poking through in the finish. You can enjoy this just about on release.

Terre de Vins
- 92/100

Fermé au premier nez, ce vin s’ouvre sur des notes discrètement acidulées de cerise et petit bonbon à la framboise. Au palais, ce nectar joue la tension, portée par des tanins intégrés, et une pointe d’amertume dynamisante, mais la finale est un peu courte.

Du potentiel qui demande à s’harmoniser.

Falstaff
- 89-91/100

Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, opaker Kern, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Reife schwarze Herzkirschen, ein Hauch von Lakritze, floraler Touch, tabakig unterlegte Pflaumenfrucht. Mittlerer Körper, rotbeerige Frucht, frisch strukturiert, integrierte würzige Tannine, salziger Nachhall.

Anthocyanes.com
- 89-91/100

Fruits frais, légère touche graphite et florale avec une légère touche fumée. Bouche droite, moyennement dense, sur la tension avec un bel équilibre et une allonge remarquable. Très frais et calcaire en finale.

Jamessuckling.com
- 92-93/100

This is nicely crafted with fine tannins, medium body and plenty of fruit. Rich and flavorful. Serious for this estate.

Matthewjukes.com
- 15+/20

This is a straightforward, no-nonsense claret and that is about all. There is no flair to speak of and the balance is fine, but there is little to get excited about. 

Decanter
- 91/100

...Here you get blackberry and blackcurrant bud, plenty of freshness set alongside grilled clove notes and some sappy almost bristling tannins that give a limestone bite...

Tastingbook
- 90/100

Dark purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant, initially slightly closed nose, aroma reminiscent of dark berries, sloe and cherries, discreet flowery hints in the background. On the palate well structured with fine acidity, firm yet ripe tannins, elegant fruit and subtle oak, quite classic style with good length.

The vintage

2019 got off to a mild start resulting in early bud break. The growing season was set back by changeable weather in spring, marked by two episodes of frost on 14th April and 6th May, with thankfully no major damage to our vineyards. Summer was hot and dry and by the end of June had set in for the duration, lasting right through until the harvest. These favourable conditions, together with painstaking work in the vineyard, good water reserves and fluctuating day/night temperatures from late August, promoted balance and concentration in the grapes. Welcome rainfall in mid-September added the finishing touch to ripening in the perfectly healthy red grapes. The harvests were calm and relaxed this year, rewarding our efforts with in fleshy grapes in pristine health. Now safely in tank, they offer intense aromas and concentrated, well-balanced juices with lusciously ripe tannins.

 

Tasting notes

Attractive, deep red in colour, tinged with purplish glints. Intense and ultra-fresh on the bouquet, with an abundance of red fruit, cherry and strawberry notes. Initially smooth on the palate, the wine gains in volume and generosity, enveloping the delicate, silky tannic structure. Crunchy and full-flavoured, typical of Merlot flourishing on clay-limestone soils, the wine develops a long, fresh finish, underpinned by subtle oak.

Blend

94% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

AMA
- 90/100

This round-bodied wine is easy to drink. We can find some salty mineral notes and creamy texture on the palate due to the limestone clay soil, which makes the dry and hot 2019 year more layered.

Vinum
- 15/20

Kompakt, robust, herb; besitzt Charakter und sollte etwas reifen.

The Wine Independent
- 91/100

The 2019 Reysson is a blend of 94% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it spills out of the glass with fragrant notes of rose oil, chocolate-covered cherries, and fruitcake, plus hints of cardamom and forest floor. Medium-bodied, the palate has a plush texture and bags of juicy black fruits, finishing long and perfumed.

Schweizerische Weinzeitung
- 16/20
Decanter
- 91/100

Delicately perfumed nose, full of red fruits. Wonderfully smooth texture, I like the drive of this and the energy. Purity of fruit but with a lovely minerality coming from the limestone, The mouthwatering acidity on the initial taste settles to reveal strawberry, raspberry seed and red cherry flavours. Still lots of tannins making this quite a mouthful of wine right now, but there's good juiciness underneath and a wet-stone cleanliness that comes through. 90% Merlot, 5% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

Drinking Window 2024 - 2035

Yvesbeck.vin
- 90/100

Sols argilo-calcaires, calcaire à astéries. Terroirs plutôt atypiques pour le Haut-Médoc. Vignoble en forme de cirque avec exposition nord. Vin élevé en barriques, dont 20% neuves. Reysson a bien assimilé son élevage et révèle des nuances épicées et fruitées. Ses tannins sont veloutés, parfaitement intégrés, ce qui souligne son caractère élégant et équilibré. Un vin que l'on pourra déjà savourer dans sa jeunesse. 2023-2037

Wine Enthusiast
- 92/100

From an estate that dates to the Middle Ages, this wine is big and ripe, already balanced between dark fruits and the core of tannins. The wine is full, with plenty of promise. Drink from 2025.

Jancis Robinson.com
- 16,5/20

Deep crimson. Attractive very slight leafiness lifts the black fruit. And there’s that invitating dry stone-dust/peppery character to add another dimension. Finely textured tannins. Fresh and harmonious. Dry but elegant finish.

Drink 2022-2030

Jamessuckling.com
- 92/100

This is a succulent and fruity red with sweet tobacco, berry, crispy tannins and hints of stone and terracotta. Medium-bodied. Light and fine tannins and a fresh finish. Transparent.

The vintage

 2018 is characterised by record rainfall in the first half of the year, in contrast with a second half among the driest and hottest in recent decades. We were able to keep the threat of mildew in check, which remained a significant problem until July. The vines remained fully protected through the painstaking work and constant monitoring of our teams, together with strict adherence to environmental protocols approved by the certifications Terra Vitis and HVE 3. We were ready to face the summer months full of confidence, and were aided by favourable weather conditions from early August. The water holding capacity of the clay-limestone soils worked to our advantage, and the Merlot, dominant here at Reysson, is deep in colour, intensely aromatic and fresh; the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are superb.

 

Tasting notes

Deep ruby-red in colour, Chateau Reysson 2018 unleashes intense freshness and ripe fruit aromas, enhanced by a hint of spice. Initially supple, the wine becomes richer, aromatic and full-bodied on the palate, enveloped in silky tannins. The ideal balance of rounded, crunchy, mineral character, delicately supported on the finish by elegant, subtle oak, captures to perfection the typical Merlot character when grown on Reysson’s clay-limestone soils.

 

Blend

87% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Guide Hachette
- 1etoile(s)

...Frais et velouté, le palais s'appuie sur un boisé de qualité et des tanins bien enrobés, qui toutefois se resserrent en finale. De bonne garde assurément. 

Wine Enthusiast
- 93/100

Editor's Choice

Rich in black fruits, this wine shows great promise. Ripe tannins and spice are cut by juicy black-currant flavors. the 133-acre estate, west of Pauillac, has produced a wine that will age. Drink from 2025

Vert de vin
- 16,25/20 - 92-93/100

Le nez est fruité et offre de l'élégance, de l'intensité, de la finesse ainsi qu'un grain fin et une bonne définition...La bouche est fruitée, gourmande, soyeuse et offre de la délicatesse, une certaine richesse, un joli équilibre ainsi qu'une jolie matière...Les tannins sont bien menés. Bonne longueur. 

En Magnum
- 90/100
The Wine Cellar Insider
- 90/100

...This charming wine provides a round, supple, fruity, medium-bodied blast of dark, sweet red fruits and licorice with touches of oak and cocoa. Fresh, fruity and already fiun to drink...

The Wine Doctor.com
- 91/100

...Sweet and polished on the palate, dark with plenty of fruit and vivacious structure, with ripe tannins, this will give some attractive drinking over the next decade.

Schweizerische Weinzeitung
- 16/20

Bordeaux Année 2018 : Qualité exceptionnelle

Jamessuckling.com
- 92/100

An attractive red with berry, chocolate and walnut aromas and flavors. It’s medium-to full-bodied with round, chewy tannins and a juicy finish. Needs two or three years to come together. Better after 2022.

Jancis Robinson.com
- 16/20

Very dark crimson with opaque core. Smoky, dark fruited with an attractive light note of stone dust and the fresh aroma that Cabernet Franc so often brings to the party, even when it's just a small part of the blend... 

Decanter
- 90/100

...The result is an enjoyable and approachable wine, filled with raspberry and black cherry fruits, fresh acidity and floral edging. Good-quality. A little soft through the finish but plenty of enjoyment here. 

En Magnum
- 90/100

Commence à montrer ce qu’il y a de meilleur sur ce terroir, puissant, équilibré, sain, savoureux, plaira à beaucoup par la minéralité qui tend l’expression du merlot dominant.

 

Jamessuckling.com
- 91-92/100

A firm and chalky-textured red with blackberries, blueberries and dried flowers. Medium body and fine-grained tannins. Almost all merlot with a bit of cabernet franc and petit verdot.

 

The vintage

The growing season kicked off with a good and early budburst and a rapid plant growth. Thanks to its great situation, next to the river, the vineyard was well protected from the devastating frosts at the end of April. The year progressed normally in favourable conditions with early, even and rapid flowering and ripening. Moderate August and September temperatures, combined with cool nights, allowed phenolic compounds to become concentrated, whilst preserving freshness during the early maturation of the berries. A fortnight earlier than usual, we picked very healthy Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc and Petit Verdot. In keeping with our consistently high standards, we only vinify the best quality grapes, selected using optical sorting. This year along with our tanks of varying capacity, developed to handle a very precise parcel selection, we have added 18 lots of barrel-fermented wines from tiny, very high quality parcels.

 

 

 

 

Tasting notes

Deep, garnet-coloured in appearance. The fresh character on the bouquet develops intense aromas of black berry fruits, spice and subtle oaky tones. The wine is generous, fleshy and crunchy on the palate, shot through with a seam of silky tannins. Overall the wine is well-balanced and fresh to the end, and culminates in a lingering, spicy finish.

Blend

88% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Wine Enthusiast
- 90/100

Owned by negociant company Dourthe, this estate has produced a richly textured wine in this vintage. Its blend is unusual for the Médoc with 88% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and a touch of Petit Verdot. It’s a juicy, rich wine, jammy but with acidity to keep freshness. The wine will be ready from 2023.

The vintage

 

The first six months of the 2016 grape season turned out to be particularly rainy and warm, replenishing water reserves in the soils which would serve the vines well in forthcoming months. Which was just as well as sunshine set in for the long haul from mid-June, bringing very dry weather until the end of the harvest. The combined effect of available water supplies and favourable temperatures – not too excessive during the day and very cool at night – played an important role in developing the fruit and their aromas during ripening. The grapes had ample time to slowly gain in richness and complexity, reaping the benefits of an Indian summer that favoured the development of quality tannins and anthocyanins. Harvesting was delayed and carried out swiftly, commencing with the earlier parcels on the slopes and finishing on the clay-limestone plateau. Perfectly ripe grapes selected with our new optical sorting equipment were vinified with precision.

 

Tasting notes

Lovely deep garnet in colour. Highly expressive on the bouquet, offering appealing, complex aromas in a fusion of black cherries, blackberries and strawberries, together with a hint of spice. Full-bodied on the palate, and very generous, structured with well-coated tannins. The intense flavours are joined by lovely, well-integrated oak. The freshness present right through to the final note perfectly encapsulates the typical character of Merlot cultivated on Reysson’s clay-limestone soils.

Blend

87% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Jamessuckling.com
- 91/100

A beautiful sense of orange blossom and currants on the nose. Medium-bodied, tight and linear with a solid middle palate and a fresh finish. A little old fashioned, but shows typicity. A blend of 87 per cent merlot, ten per cent cabernet franc and three per cent petit verdot. Try after 2021.

 

Wine Enthusiast
- 92/100

Editor's Choice : From one of the estates owned by Bordeaux negociant Dourthe, this wine is well structured with elegant tannins that are complemented by the black fruits and rich acidity. It is a balanced, ripe wine that will develop well. Drink from 2022.

Falstaff
- 90/100

Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, opaker Kern, dezente Randaufhellung, zart blättrig unterlegte dunkle Beerenfrucht, frische Orangenzesten. Mittlere Komplexität, Brombeerkonfit, präsente Tannine, etwas Nougat im Abgang, bietet unkompliziertes Trinkvergnügen.

The vintage

The clay-limestone soils proved a major advantage in ensuring a successful vintage, regulating water supplies to the vine during the dry periods from June to mid-July and also during wet weather in August and September. Veraison developed well, despite a rather shaky start. The Merlots and Cabernet Francs flourished, evolving harmoniously as the weeks passed. We harvested for almost three weeks - a real luxury – and waited for each parcel to reach optimum maturity before picking. The Cabernet Francs were vinified gently without pressing to retain the finesse of the tannins. We also sought to harness the intensity of the fleshy Merlots with silky tannins, which expressed superb aromas of ripe fruit. 

Tasting notes

Lovely, concentrated colour. Fresh and ripe nose, redolent of red berry fruits. On the palate, the crunchy fruit counterbalances the lovely tannic structure and delicate, well-integrated oak. The freshness present throughout the tasting is a great indication of the character of the Merlots cultivated on Reysson’s clay-limestone soils.

Blend

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

Guide Hachette
- 2etoile(s)

 A l'olfaction comme au palais, le bois est encore très présent, pour ne pas dire dominant. Mais comme l'annonce sa couleur grenat foncé, ce vin a du potentiel et beaucoup d'élégance, que ce soit dans ses arômes de fruits très mûrs et d'eucalyptus qui pointent derrière le merrain, comme dans ses tanins moelleux et soyeux. Un très beau vin en devenir.

**=vin remarquable

Wine Enthusiast
- 91/100

Editor's Choice

This rich, juicy wine has 90% Merlot in the blend giving it vibrancy, rich tannins and great black-plum and spice flavors. It is a ripe wine, powerful and dense with intense youthful acidity that will soften. Drink this balanced, firm wine from 2022.

Jamessuckling.com
- 91/100

A juicy and pretty wine with cherries, currants and limestone. Full-body, yet dense yet fresh at the same time. Iodine undertones. Lovely earthy, fruity aftertaste. A blend of 90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc. Drink now or hold.

 

 

The vintage

After a promising start to the year, a dull, gloomy summer meant ripening got off to a slow start. Any worries were lifted towards the end of August with the arrival of exceptional, lasting weather conditions. While the quality of the vintage owes a great deal to the excellent late-season, a vintage of this quality would not be possible without considerable work in the vineyards earlier in the season to ensure pristine quality in the vines and stunning fruit. The return of lovely dry, sunny weather towards the end of August once again triggered ripening in the Merlot and Cabernet Franc.  Harvesting commenced September 24th with the Merlot, and finished with great quality Cabernet Franc on October 10th.  Whole berry fermentation in the Cabernet Sauvignon was the preferred option to preserve its elegance and finesse.  The Merlot, grape variety of choice on these limestone-clay soils, is more silky and aromatic.

 

Tasting notes

Stunning dark ruby in appearance. Blackberries and black cherries abound on the bouquet, backed by lovely freshness. Highly concentrated on the palate with unctuous tannins. This soft, voluptuous wine grows in stature and culminates in a finish defined by the delicate toastiness of lovely oak.

Blend

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

MUNDUS vini
- Médaille OR

Médaille d'Or.

Concours de Bordeaux Vins d'Aquitaine
- Médaille ARGENT

Médaille d'Argent.

Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
- Médaille ARGENT

Médaille d'Argent.

Challenge International du Vin
- Médaille ARGENT

Médaille d'Argent 2017.

Concours des Grands Vins de France - Mâcon
- Médaille ARGENT

Médaille d'Argent

Wine Enthusiast
- 89/100

This is a bold and rich wine, a blend totally dominated by 90% Merlot. It is fruity, structured and with fine juicy black fruits and acidity. The 12 months of wood aging have given the wine an edge of spice that is attractive now. Final tannins will allow it to age. Drink from 2021

Natalie Maclean.com
- 91/100

Cru Bourgeois is the mark of a quality appellation within Bordeaux, and it shows in this terrific 2014 red wine. The vines for this robust red are planted in the Medoc where the soils have been eroded to the point where there is no soil, but only gravel, which provides excellent drainage to make those vines suffer and produce small grapes or berries of great concentration in flavour. This is mostly Merlot in the blend with some Cabernet Franc. Pair with prime rib.

MUNDUS vini
- Médaille OR

Medaille OR

Jamessuckling.com
- 91/100

Fresh herb and blackcurrant aromas with hints of walnut skin. Full body, firm and velvety tannins and a savory finish. Needs time to open.

Vino Magazine

"HAUT-MEDOC. Excellents : (...) Reysson (...)."

Le Point
- 15,5/20

Fruité pur, cerise, charnu, réglisse, tanins fins, bien juteux, frais, harmonieux, élevage fin, pas trop marqué.

Le Figaro
- 15/20

Avec 90% de merlot et 10% de cabernet-franc, le vin est souple, charmeur, très aromatique, les tannins sont fins. 

Schweizerische Weinzeitung
- 16/20

...Sehr gute rotweine des Bordeaux Jahrgangs 2014 mit 16/20 und weniger punkten...

 

My Bettane + Desseauve
- 89/100

Droit, frais, un rien austère mais avec un équilibre et une tension appréciables.

The Wine Doctor.com

14,5-15,5. A dark and lightly baked cherry-fruit nose, with a warm, slightly gamey edge to it. The palate is surprisingly fresh and polished, with very aromatic black cherry fruits, mixed with a quite firm acidity running underneath it all. Very ripe tannins, lightly chewy, with vigorous acids cutting though it, giving the wine a very fresh, lifted character. There are certainly some appealing points here. 

Decanter

Smoky fruit and good natural ripeness, good modern Haut-Médoc.

 

Wine Spectator
- 88 - 91/100

Solid, with a firm stony spine running through the middle of the steeped plum and red currant fruit. Reveals a tobacco etching on the finish.

timatkin.com
- 89/100
Jamessuckling.com
- 89 - 90/100

This is really deep and rich with a beautiful berry and dark chocolate character. Full, round and long.

 

The vintage

This year at Reysson, Merlot, which is the most widely planted varietal on the estate, showed good resistance to the vagaries of climate, largely due to the young vines planted in our vineyards and the water-retaining capacity of the clay-rich soils, which regulate water supplies to the vine. The chaotic vintage conditions were often seen to disrupt our intervention programmes in the vineyard, and required around the clock vigilance. We endeavoured to adapt on a daily basis, tailoring ploughing and work in the vineyard to allow optimum ripening in the grapes. Selection was even more severe than usual, in order to maintain our high standards of quality.

Tasting notes

Wonderful dense colour. On the bouquet, the wine exudes ripe fruit aromas, paving the way for the wonderfully generous palate, structured by supple tannins and elegant oak. Beautifully balanced, the wine is accompanied throughout by lovely freshness lingering on the lengthy finish.

Blend

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

Le Point

Fruits rouges, bouche ronde, tendre, avec des tanins vifs, joli fruit, droit, frais. Buvable jeune.

Matthewjukes.com
- 15/20

Quite bright, a strawberry-fruited wine with not bad length and nice tannins. A little oaky on the nose and a little clumsy but it will even out given a few years.

My Bettane + Desseauve
- 15/20

Fruit pruneau, souplesse assez généreuse, merlot un peu fatigué, mais avec un bon volume.

The vintage

After a high quality budburst at the start of April, very humid spring weather raised some concern and placed us on maximum alert in the vineyard. Thankfully the clay soils at Reysson, which are unusual in this part of Haut-Medoc, worked their magic, and protected the vines from any major stress during extremely hot weather in July and August. The harvest, even if relatively reduced as a result of having to drop inconsistent bunches caused by variable flowering, was the earliest of all our vineyards, even though this was latest harvest on record at Reysson. The quality of the harvest was good, and well deserved considering the rigorous work in the vineyards throughout the seasons.

Tasting notes

Lovely deep, bright ruby red. The bouquet is scented with fresh, ripe fruits and a touch of licorice and spice. Round and aromatic on the palate, with a velvety tannic seam, and lovely freshness, which adds to the harmonious balance of this wine, with its fine, subtle oak. A shining example of Merlot grown on Reysson’s clay-limestone terroir.

Blend

90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

Gault&Millau
- 16/20

La particularité de cette propriété médocaine est de ne pas posséder de cabernet sauvignon car le terroir est une dalle de calcaire des Astéries. Notes de rose, poudre de rose, épices nobles. Bouche fine, droite, aérienne comme sait le faire le merlot sur calcaire. Très beau grain.

Wine Enthusiast
- 90/100

The château and the soil are both limestone. Dominated by Merlot, this is a generous and full-bodied Cru Bourgeois that brings out the structure of the limestone. Reysson is well made and will be ready to drink soon.

 

Wine Enthusiast
- 90/100

Editors' choice

Heavily dominated by Merlot, this is a generous and full-bodied wine. Wood aging has left its mark in the burnt, toasty character. The fruit, though, is generous, bringing out the richness of the limestone oil. This wine will be ripe and full-bodied.

Erobertparker.com
- 87/100

Owned by the famous Bordeaux négociant and vineyard owner, ..., this dark plum/ruby-colored wine presents a juicy, fruit forward, endearing style of cru bourgeois with attractive notes of ripe fruit, spice box and earth along with light, velvety tannins. Drink it over the next 5-6 years. A sleeper of the vintage.

 

timatkin.com
- 87/100
My Bettane + Desseauve
- 15/20

Le merlot s'exprime avec rondeur, dimension tendre, pas très profonde mais très équilibrée et fraîche. Bon fruit.

Matthewjukes.com
- 16/20
Jancis Robinson.com
- 16/20

Sweet and succulent and some freshness but no great density.

The vintage

10 years hard work and investment at Reysson are this year reaping their just rewards. Despite the excessive temperatures and unpredictable humidity of July, the combined effect of the limestone-clay composition of these cooler soils, and rigorously monitoring disease pressure in the vines has resulted in perfectly developed Merlot grapes, The early harvests were totally under control, producing beautifully coloured wines, which are generous on the palate and reveal attractive fruit.

Tasting notes

Fresh, vanilla bouquet. Attractive, crunchy fruit on the palate, well-rounded wine revealing caressing tannins, and finishing on an attractive, aromatic finish of good length. The finish reveals a discreet but racy ageing.

Blend

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Medals and Accolades

Le Figaro

Un vin de couleur soutenue, aux arômes généreux de fruits mûrs. Ample, séduisant, il emplit bien la bouche veloutée, aux notes de fruits cuits et secs, aux tanins souples.

Wine Spectator
- 88/100

Offers an old-school feel, with bay and tobacco leaf notes followed by lightly mulled black currant and blackberry fruit. A flash of chestnut runs through the finish. 

Wine Enthusiast
- 87/100

Rich already, this wine is darkly tannic and powered by solid tannins. The weight of fruit behind the tannins also brings out acidity and black currant flavors. It will remain dry but well structured and with good fruitiness.

La Revue du Vin de France
*** Très bonne affaire (Spécial Foires aux Vins)
timatkin.com
- 87/100
The Wine Cellar Insider
- 86 - 88/100

With one of the highest concentrations of Merlot in the Haut Medoc appellation. From limestone and clay terroir the estate likens to St. Emilion. Licorice, black cherry and earth aromas, medium body and a fresh, bright cherry personality are found in this wine.

Decanter
- 15.5/20

Broad fruit, good vigour and depth.

Jamessuckling.com
- 88 - 89/100

Aromas and flavors of sweet berries and sliced citrus follow through to a medium to full body, with juicy fruit, fine tannins and a clean finish. Well done.

The vintage

The vineyard has been entirely remodelled in recent years, and is now perfectly adapted to this unique calcareous-clay terroir more often found on the right bank than in the Medoc. Today we are reaping the fruits of painstaking work in the vineyard. The harvest, which was very evenly spread over time to allow each parcel to reach optimum ripeness, took place in perfect conditions. The wines seem to gain in roundness and concentration each year. This vintage surpasses all our expectations, even despite reduced volumes as a result of coulure in spring and lack of water in summer.

Tasting notes

Very deep in colour with a distinct ruby appearance. The wine unleashes notes of fresh red fruits and toasted almonds on the bouquet. Round and full, the wine is delicious and fresh on the palate, with an aromatic finish laden with appealing vanilla, toasty notes.

Blend

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Medals and Accolades

Guide Bettane et Desseauve
- 15/20

Très axé sur le merlot (90%), belle maturité de fruit, corps gras, riche, tanin souple, générosité.

Gault&Millau
- 15/20

Du fruit, du fruit intensément dans ce 2010 qui se montre charnu et très charmeur. On aime la chair, le cassis dans l'intensité et le boisé plein de retenue. On se ressert volontiers.

Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

Médaille d'OR

Guide Hubert
- 4.5etoile(s)

Nez raffiné, offrant une belle complexité entre le fruit bien mûr, le boisé et les notes épicées, bouche ample, avec une trame tannique profonde, du fruit et de l'allonge. Bon potentiel.

Jamessuckling.com
- 90/100

Attractive nose with ripe blackberries and plums. Black currant, licorice and chocolate. Full and with good structure on the palate. Ripe juicy acidity and fine tannins. Nice pure fruit in the finish and a tasty licorice note.

Wine Spectator
- 89/100

Offers a sappy feel, with kirsch, plum eau-de-vie and currant paste notes layered together and backed by a black licorice accent on the finish. Balanced by buried acidity, providing a rounded and polished impression overall. Drink now through 2019

Jancis Robinson.com
- 16/20

Very well melded, super-ripe nose. Sleek and polished. Just a little neutral but well mannered. ...

La Revue du Vin de France
Un vin facile et gourmand, au fruité délicat. Il a du charme. On le boira rapidement sur son fruit.
Weinwisser
- 17/20

Tiefes Purpur. Wuchtiges Bouquet, viel Kirschen und Brombeeren, auch etwas Frisches und etwas kühles zeigend. Im Gaumen mit wunderschöner Souplesse, feine Tannine, geradlinig vinifiziert. Ein toller Reysson, der vielleicht sogar noch zulegen Kann. 2016-2030

Asian Palate.com

This is a full-bodied wine with mouthcoating tannins and rich plummy fruit. Very ripe, approachable wine with dense tannins - this wine will taste better with at least 3-5 years in bottle. Well made, good length.

Wine Enthusiast
- 87 - 89/100

With ripe new wood and spice, it also has blackberry juice flavors and soft tannins.

The vintage

The 2009 vintage serves to confirm the quality of the terroir at Reysson, which was redesigned brilliantly in 2002. The Merlot grapes are perfectly adapted to the calcareous- clay soils, and therefore remained unaffected by significant summer drought. Harvesting took place in idyllic conditions from 25 September to 8 October, a truly pleasurable experience! This year, pre-fermentation macerations were short, the cuvaisons in the case of a very ripe harvest lasting on average 23 days, which makes for easy extraction. The wines were placed in 400 litre barrels, to adapt the ageing process to obtain a specific style, in this case seeking power and finesse.

Tasting notes

Deep ruby in colour, Reysson 2009 reveals stewed red fruits on the nose, with a distinct spicy note. The wine is supple on the attack, rich and full on the palate, backed by obvious, firm yet wonderfully smooth tannins. The perfectly balanced tannins-alcohol ratio, a gift from this sunny vintage, brings the wine roundness, richness and great length on the palate. This is a generous wine with great ageing potential.

Blend

87% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon

Medals and Accolades

Guide Hachette
- 2etoile(s)

Bouquet fin et complexe alliant fruits noirs et rouge bien mûrs à des notes toastées, une structure dense et racée…concilie rondeur et puissance. (2 étoiles = vin remarquable)

Guide RVF des bonnes affaires du vin
- 15/20

Très fondu sans pour autant avoir perdu sa chair, ce vin affiche un boisé discret et on retrouve en finale la fraîcheur du fruit. Un bon merlot sur sol argilo-calcaire.

Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

Médaille d'ARGENT

Concours des Grands Vins de France - Mâcon
Médaille d'or
Concours Général Agricole de Paris

Médaille d'ARGENT

Decanter
- 15/20

Sweet cassis, plum and vanilla bouquet...with a lovely sweet, juicy fruit entry. Good balance and freshness with well-structured tannins.

Wine Spectator
- 87/100

Rather open, with friendly, lighter-bodied damson plum, cherry and toasty vanilla notes, all backed by a whiff of tobacco on the easygoing finish. 

Jancis Robinson.com
- 16/20

From the far north of the Médoc. Light, sweetish nose. Fruit very much dominates oak, though there is a very slightly green edge. Classic Médoc. Punchy.

Erobertparker.com
- 89/100

Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois 2009 tasting in London. The Reysson 2009 has a sweet lifted bouquet with mint, blackeberry and a faint hint of Worcester sauce! The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, good fruit concentration and harmony, with a very composed finish. Very fine. 

Periodic Review of Wine
- 88 - 90/100

Another outstanding value for those looking for a wine to consume for the next decade. The deep opaque ruby/purple colored Reysson offers complex scents of plum, blueberry, cherry crème de cassis, and pure wet-stoned aroma. It is so good thanks to its lusciously-filling gobs of fruit and its open, generous style. There is abundant berry and cherry flavor and outstanding length. A solid and substantive offering from REYSSON!

Wine Enthusiast
- 88 - 90/100

The smoothest of ripe fruit with an exuberance of wood spice. The wine has generous tannins, but the finish feels a little rustic.

Falstaff
- 89 - 91/100

Schwarzbeerige Frucht,Nougat, etwas verhalten, tabakige Würze, mineralisch unterlegt. Süß, gute Komplexität, straffe Tannine, die gut integriert sind, salzig und anhaltend, feiner Schokonachhall. Ausbau : Barrique.

Jancis Robinson.com
- 15.5/20

Excellent vitality on the nose but a little too worked for freshness on the palate. Sinewy. Very drying finish. 

Decanter
- 16/20

Good depth of rich, quite lifted fruit, classic modern Médoc. 

The vintage

The calcareous-clay character of the soil and subsoil at Reysson is particularly suited to the Merlot that dominates the planting at the Chateau. The work undertaken in the vineyard throughout the year was rewarded with a very healthy harvest, left on the vine until the required ripeness. The berries are very aromatic with delicate flesh, and well-balanced structure. The winemaking process specifically promotes this aromatic profile and seeks a well-balanced palate. Ageing in 400 l barrels compliments the standard ageing in 225 l barrels, to retain maximum fruit content in certain batches.

Tasting notes

Concentrated colour, purple with violet glints. The bouquet offers black fruit aromas, blackberries, Morello cherries, and a delicate, fresh oak character, which does not in any way overwhelm the fruit character of the wine. Initially the wine is lively, clean, fresh and fruity, whilst starting to develop a steady tannic structure, showing no trace of astringency. The wine is well structured, fruit focused and delicately underpinned with oak. The wine finishes on the palate with elegant and soft tannins.

Blend

87% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon

Medals and Accolades

Guide RVF des bonnes affaires du vin
Bon classique, friand en attaque, ses arômes de cèdre rappellent certains beaux terroirs de Saint-Estèphe. Voici un Haut-Médoc délicat et assez fin dans ses tanins, peu extraits et équilibrés. Dominé par le merlot issu d'un sol argilo-calcaire, il procure un certain plaisir.
Guide Hubert
- 4.00etoile(s)

Nez bien agréable de fruits rouges et noirs, avec des notes fumés, minérales et eucalyptus, bouche tout à fait dans le même style, très aromatique, avec une belle chair, des tanins serrés, de la fraîcheur et une bonne suite.

Wine Spectator
- 86.00/100
Tender and perfumy, this plush red offers strawberry and raspberry flavors, with sweet vanilla notes and enough acidity to stay fresh and balanced. Soft tannins give way to a spicy finish. Focused and alluring. Drink now.
Decanter
- 16.17/20
Fine, ripe nose with violets, dark fruit. Tar and almonds. Full, crunchy flavours, fine tannins and a lovely silky texture. Moorish, harmonious and appetising.
Le Point
- 15.00/20
…Boisé, vanille, bouche ronde, soupe, moelleuse, bonne matière, longueur, densité, un peu d'extraction. Vin flatteur et bien fait…
La Revue du Vin de France
- 15.50 - 17.50/20
Arômes raffinés qui expriment un fruit mûr et un boisé subtil. Bouche franche, soyeuse, très aromatique, fraîche et équilibrée pour ce vin classique.


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