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Chateau Reignac Bordeaux Superieur, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Reignac was purchased in 1990 by Stephanie and Yves Vatelot who have spared no expense in striving to produce the best possible Bordeaux wine from their terroir. They are situated on the western side of Entre Deux Mers. Their vineyards at Chateau Reignac reside on soil consisting of gravel over clay with limestone. The spare no expense attitude at Reignac starts with serious vineyard management practices. This includes; debudding, deleafing, desuckering and green harvesting. Only organic fertilizers are used. All the vineyard work is done by hand. For a Bordeaux Superieur property, that is very labor intensive.

The Bordeaux wine estate is a total of 135 hectares, 80 of which are under vine.  Malolactic takes place in 100% new oak and the wine remains in the oak for between 16 and 20 months. According to the owners of Reignac, part of the quality of the wine is due to the estate’s 4 specific steps taken during barrel fermentation.  They have applied for a patent for specifc parts of their process.   Grapes are placed in the barrel through a specially designed lid before maceration. Or after cold maceration, the berries  travel from stainless steel vats on a specially designed sluice.  The barrels rest on a rack allowing for easy rotation, along with an internal device that is attached to the head of the barrel.  Once maceration and fermentation is completed, the wine is racked from a sluice valve that is attached to a removable barrel head.  The lid opens and the pomace can be quickly removed. Lastly, the detachable barrel head is eventually replaced with a traditional top while the wine ages in barrel. These steps, along with the intense efforts in the vineyard allow this wine to compete with many Right Bank properties in blind tastings.

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The average blend for Reignac is 75% merlot and 25% cabernet franc. The top wine from the estate is called Grand Vin Chateau de Reignac. This wine comes in a unique, tall,  thin bottle shape. This is the wine that you read most of the good comments on.  The estate produces a lesser red wine that is simply called Chateau de Riegnac.  This Bordeaux wine comes in a standard shaped bottle.

Chateau Reignac also produces a white Bordeaux wine. Balthus is another Bordeaux wine produced by Yves Vatelot. It is made from 100% old vine Merlot. This is probably the most expensive wine from the appellation. Chateau Reignac is consulted by Michel Rolland. Grand Vin Chateau Reignac is a rich, concentrated, opulent, ripe, up front style of wine that offers a lot of pleasure for the money. Plus, the wine shows well young. Chateau Reignac is a fine Bordeaux Superieur value Bordeaux wine made in a crowd pleasing style that drinks well on release, offers good chatacter and remains fairly priced.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Balthus

    1. Dark ruby in color, especially for the vintage, the wine is all about the spicy black raspberry and floral notes, medium body, oak and spicy, dark red berry character. 88-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Balthus

    1. Deeply colored with licorice, chocolate, coffee bean and jammy berries, this wine offers lush, fat textures and a long, ripe, flashy, fruit-filled finish. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  3. 2012 Reignac

    1. Medium/full-bodied, with an open personality, the wine is filed with oak, licorice and jammy berries. At the moment, the oak dominates the fruit in the finish. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  4. 2011 Reignac

    1. From a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is deep in color, Tannins and slightly firm for this producer, the wine offers licorice, jammy black raspberry, coffee and pepper. 14% alcohol. 88 – 90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  5. 2011 Balthus

    1. This special 100% Merlot wine from the owner of Reignac was made from small yields of 27 hectolieters per hectare. At close to 14.5% alcohol, the wine offers fennel, floral, black cherry, spice and espresso bean scents. Soft and round, this black cherry dominated wine should drink well early. 89 – 91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  6. 2010 Reignac

    1. Reignac opens with oak, espresso bean, jammy black fruit and cassis, Round, supple and packed with jammy ripe fruit, this should offer pleasure on release. 88-90 Pts.

      89 points - Tasted
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  7. 2009 Reignac

    1. This pop and pour, crowd pleaser is ready to go. Lots of licorice, vanilla, coffee bean, black cherry liqueur and cocoa character are found in each sniff and sip. This is not an ager, but for easy drinking pleasure today, this is worth the tariff.

      90 points - Tasted
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  8. 2009 Balthus

    1. Approachable already, with blackberry, plum, vanilla, licorice, jam and chocolate, this luscious 100% Merlot wine is a definite crowd pleaser.

      90 points - Tasted
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  9. 2008 Reignac

    1. Cigar box, licorice, blackberry, pepper, herbs, and cherry scents couple with the medium bodied wine to deliver a crowd pleasing style of Bordeaux wine that shows well young.

      89 points - Tasted
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    2. Licorice, chocolate, coffee and sweet red with black plum scents are easy to find in this blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon Bordeaux wine. This easy to like, crowd pleasing, lush styled wine is already drinking well. It probably won't improve much. Enjoy it young for its delicious qualities as it will not make it to old age.

      89 points - Tasted
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  10. 2006 Reignac

    1. Who doesn’t like a deal? When the offer came to buy this for the whopping sum of about $12, I could not resist and bought a case. Earth, smoke, blackberry, coffee and smoke scents open to a fully mature, soft, medium/full bodied wine that ends with spicy, black cherries and a hint of dust in the tannins. I would drink this over the next 3-5 years. It’s not a wine for aging. But for this price, it’s a steal. It’s being offered by multiple merchants all over the country.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. Still deep in color, with scents of coffee, smoke, licorice, plums. This concentrated wine is a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, the same assemblage used in the 2005. The opulently textured finish ends with licorice, chocolate, black cherries and hints of blue fruit. I prefer drinking these wines on the young side to retain their upfront, ripe, lusty fruit qualities.

      90 points - Tasted
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  11. 2005 Reignac

    1. Is this the deal of the year for a house wine? Depending on where you live, for $12, you get a nose filled with coffee bean, licorice, jammy dark berries, cherry and earth. Fleshy, round, ripe and ready to drink, the wine ends with chocolate covered plums and licorice. 2005 Reignac is a value Bordeaux wine worth buying by the case!

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. From a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine offers aromas of jammy berries, coffee, black cherry and licorice scents. Round in texture, the wine finishes with ripe, chocolate and black cherry flavors.

      90 points - Tasted
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  12. 2001 Reignac

    1. Fully mature, with licorice, cooca, truffle, vanilla, cassis and blackberry, this richly textured wine is at its apogee. I’d drink it over the next few years before it starts to fade.

      89 points - Tasted
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  13. 2000 Reignac

    1. My last bottle of this wine offered licorice, coffee, black raspberries and juicy plums with earthy notes. Still round and supple in texture, there is no tannin to be resolved, The wine finishes with juicy black fruit, chocolate and licorice. Aged in 100% new oak from a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine paid dividends from its under $20 price. I'd drink it sooner than later to retain its fruit and freshness.

      90 points - Tasted
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