L'Orangerie de RahoulSecond Vin du Château Rahoul - AOC Graves
There is a magnificent orangery in the interior courtyard of Château Rahoul, not unlike the finest painting studios of old. Bearing witness to a rich past, this stunning winter garden could not have remained forgotten for long, and in 2008 was the inspiration for the creation of Château Rahoul’s second wine, L’Orangerie de Rahoul. The perfect introduction to the fine wine of Château Rahoul, L’Orangerie de Rahoul would never have existed without such a wealth of complex terroirs to make this a Graves wine that stands out from the rest.
Vinification & Ageing
Temperature controlled stainless-steel vats, of various capacities, adapted to a plot by plot wine making.
Small vats (52 Hl) for vinification of small and very qualitative plots.~~ Find out more about the property ~~
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. Summer finally set in August 27th lasting right through until the end of October, kickstarting ripening once again in Château Rahoul’s predominant Merlot, and creating optimum conditions to progress the Cabernets. Pre and post soaking in the lovely red grapes revealed the full potential of the aromas and silky, ripe tannins.
Appealing bright ruby red in colour. The bouquet exudes notes of fresh red fruit, lifted with a slight smokiness typical of these Graves soils. Fruit lingers on the well-balanced palate, which softens on the attractive, lengthy finish.
75% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot
With a vintage with such changeable weather conditions as 2013, constantly adapting and remaining vigilant was of the essence. Continually monitoring disease pressure in the vineyard, a profound understanding of the vineyard, painstaking canopy management to tame extremely vigorous growth and severe harvest selection proved central to the success of this complicated vintage.
The reds, regrettably in limited quantities, are supple and aromatic, and have benefited from new sorting equipment, which optimises the removal of stalk matter before a final sorting by hand on tables.
Bright ruby red in appearance. The wine opens on the bouquet with chocolate notes, and a hint of smoky character typical of these Graves soils. Rounded and fleshy on the palate, this full-flavoured wine culminates in an appealing finish.
85% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon
The vineyard at Rahoul, which is relatively old and deeply rooted, escaped significant precipitation in spring. Excellent weather in August and September allowed the grapes to reach good ripeness levels, and we approached Dourthe’s 6th harvest on the estate in a total state of calm.
The Merlot cultivated on sandy-gravel soils, is soft and aromatic. We decided to extract and vinify at low temperature this year, to retain the typical fruit and elegance of domain red wines.
Lovely ruby colour. The nose offers explosive fresh, red fruit aromas of strawberries, combined with a hint of smoky character. Good volume on the wonderfully balanced palate, with savoury notes and richness underpinned by rounded tannins
85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot
Medals and Accolades
The Château Rahoul and his second wine L’Orangerie vineyard is located on a sandy-gravely and clay-gravel terroir, typical of the Graves appellation. The vines are managed with meticulous care. Technics were adapted to the unusual weather conditions of the vintage, essentially to compensate for the persistent drought in the run up to the summer and excess humidity prior to the harvest. This extreme vigilance has been rewarded with grapes ripening normally. The red grapes were harvested from 14th September to 3rd October. The healthy, consistent grapes are the result of exceptional work in the vineyard.
Deep ruby in appearance. The mature bouquet interweaves red fruit aromas with notes of vanilla oak. The wine is direct and fresh on the attack, supported by fine tannins. On the palate, it develops lovely depth and roundness, while on the finish the wine is backed by subtle, well-integrated oak character
90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon