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Chateau Rahoul History, Overview
Chateau Rahoul has a long history in the Graves region that dates back to the mid-1600s. The estate takes its name from Guillaume de Rahoul, who owned the vineyard during the mid 17th century until the French Revolution.
However, the birth of the modern era for Chateau Rahoul starts in 1971 when the property was purchased by David Robson. At the time, the vineyards were almost nonexistent, having fallen into poor condition. David Robson began the arduous and expensive task of cultivating the vineyard. It was under the direction of David Robson that Chateau Rahoul started bottling and marketing their wine as well.
In 1983, a new owner took over the property, Lothar Dahl. Under his direction, the estate became one of the first properties in the Graves region to begin to vinify the wines in barrel, similar to what had been taking place in Burgundy for centuries.
So, while this was not new to any Burgundians, this was quite surprising for a property in Bordeaux to be doing this. Starting with the 2007 vintage, the popular negociant, CVGB entered into a long-term agreement with the owner, Alain Thienot to produce, market, and sell the wines of Chateau Rahoul through their Dourthe group.
Chateau Rahoul Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 42 hectares vineyard of Chateau Rahoul has 38.5 hectares are planted to 70% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot for the red wine grapes. For the white wine grapes, 3.5 hectares of vines are planted to 78% Semillon and 15% Sauvignon Blanc and 7% Sauvignon Gris.
For the red wine grape varieties, the terroir is gravel, sand, and clay soils. The red wine of Chateau Rahoul is vinified in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in a combination of stainless steel vats and French oak barrels. The wine is aged in 25% new, French oak barrels for 12 months before bottling.
For the white wine grapes, the terroir is gravel, sand, and clay soils. The wine is vinified entirely in the barrel. The white wine of Chateau Rahoul is aged on its lees in 20% new, French oak barrels for an average of 8-9 months before bottling.
Even though the estate produced a lot more red wine than white wine, I find Chateau Rahoul Blanc to be the more interesting wine. There are 2 second wines, L’Orangerie de Rahoul Rouge and Chateau La Garance Blanc.
The Best Vintages of Chateau Rahoul are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006 and 2005. Although it is important to note that vintages can vary as to their quality between the white wine and the reds with as in some years, the reds are markedly better and in other vintages the whites are superior.
When to Drink Chateau Rahoul, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Rahoul can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 hour, or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Chateau Rahoul is usually better with at least 3-4 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Rahoul offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 4-9 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Rahoul, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Rahoul is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The red wine of Chateau Rahoul is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes.
Chateau Rahoul is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese.
The white wine of Chateau Rahoul is a perfect wine to serve with shellfish, sashimi, sushi, all types of seafood, chicken, veal, and cheese.
Château Rahoul Wine Tasting Notes
14 Vintages 28,381 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Château Rahoul (Graves)|
Medium-bodied, soft and silky, with a core of sweet, perfect ripe, elegant, smoked red fruits and tobacco leaf nuances, this is going to be even better with a few years of age. 89-91 Pts
1,315 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2020||Château Rahoul Blanc (Graves)|
Lemon, grapefruit and green apple nuances are all over the place here. The wine is sweet, fresh, creamy and crisp with a blast of juicy Meyer lemon rind in the zesty finish. This is already showing just great. 90 Pts
1,267 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2018||Château Rahoul (Graves)|
Earthy, spicy, bright red fruits with accents of tobacco and cedar open nicely before you get to the medium-bodied core of red fruits on the mid-palate and soft textured finish. This will be quite easy to enjoy on release. 89 Points
893 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Forward, soft, round, and open, with a nice, earthy, red fruit and cocoa filled character, this will be quite easy to enjoy on release. 88-90 Pts
3,212 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Château Rahoul Blanc (Graves)|
Fresh, grapefruit, yellow citrus and green apple packed wine with hints of vanilla and flowers that is already tasting just great. 89 Points
855 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
White peach, yellow citrus and a touch of vanilla are offered in a medium bodied forward style, that is perfect for summer drinking. 87 Points
1,383 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Rahoul Blanc (Graves)|
Lemon peel, white peach and floral scents are paired with just squeezed citrus. A crisp personality makes this a great summer white wine. 89 Points
1,546 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2017||Château Rahoul (Graves)|
Leafy forest notes and red fruits combine well here. This wine is fresh, bright, polished, open and easy to drink with a candied red fruit character. 85 Points
1,663 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Rahoul Reserve de la Balguerie (Graves)|
Medium-bodied, fresh, leafy and smoky, the wine is forward, an earthy, red berry character, soft textures and already open character. 87 Points
1,684 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
|2016||Château Rahoul (Graves)|
Medium bodied, there is a smoky, earthy quality to the red fruits. The wine is quite sweet and tastes a bit forced for the vintage. 84 Points
2,299 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2016||Château Rahoul Blanc (Graves)|
Honeysuckle, citrus, and pomelo fruits are what you'll find in this forward, round, easy drinking, seemingly, slightly sweet wine. 84 Points
1,749 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Rahoul Blanc (Graves)|
Crisp, bright, fresh blend of grapefruit, green apple and lemons, with a hint of honeysuckle and a zesty, medium bodied, yellow citrus finish. This is a wine to drink now and over the next few years. 89 Points
1,076 Views Tasted Feb 9, 2019
|2015||Château Rahoul (Graves)|
Medium-bodied, forward, easy to drink, round, soft, approachable, red berry, earth and tobacco leaf filled wine for near term enjoyment. 87 Points
2,948 Views Tasted Dec 9, 2019
|2014||Château Rahoul (Graves)|
Medium bodied, correct, uncomplicated, forward, slightly oaky wine, with clean, light, red fruits, that are made better by hints of tobacco leaf. This is already approachable. 86 Points
1,957 Views Tasted Dec 10, 2017
|2013||Château Rahoul Blanc (Graves)|
All that fresh squeezed grapefruit, honeysuckle and lemon peel give this wine a blast of fresh, refreshing, crispness and a touch of French vanilla. Forward in style, this will be best on young side. 90 Points
2,169 Views Tasted Jan 7, 2017
|2012||Château Rahoul (Graves)|
Simple, uncomplicated, easy drinking quaffer, without faults, and a hint of tobacco over its red berry fruit. This is a wine for drinking in its first years of life. 84 Points
2,365 Views Tasted Dec 12, 2017