Chateau Reysson Haut-Medoc 2009
In the very heart of the Medoc, near Vertheuil, lies the estate of Chateau Reysson. The lands of the chateau have a long and eventful history, which dates back to the Middle Ages, that has always been intimately linked with that of Bordeaux. Under the ruins of a medieval castle that was the first to bear the Reysson name, archaeologists have discovered the remains of a theather in Noviomagus, an ancient town of the Bituriges Vivisques tribe who founded Burdigala ("Bordeaux") in the 3rd century B.C. The quality of its wines was recognized early on, with Chateau Reysson featured in 1850 among the "Crus Remarquables" of Vertheuil. Today, the estate belongs to the Japanese wine and spirits company, Mercian Corporation. And, in 2001 the owners decided to give management of the chateau to the Dourthe family, whose objective is to make this property an exemplary model of high-standard Cru Bourgeois. Chateau Reysson Haut-Medoc is powerful, complex with lovely, velvet tannins, and has a long finish revealing delicate, spicy cedar notes. It is a generous wine with great aging potential.
87% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep ruby in color. 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.