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Chateau Reysson History, Overview
What we know of today as Chateau Reysson has a long history in the Medoc that can be dated back to the days of the ancient Romans. Over the years, ancient ruins have been dug up on the grounds of the estate. Jumping ahead two thousand years or so, Chateau Reysson was already known as a wine producing estate in the early 1800’s.
However, the modern era for the Reysson vineyard begins in 2001, when the large negociant CVBG and the Dourthe group agreed to manage Chateau Reysson for the owners, The Mercian Company in 2001. The Mercian Group is a massive Japanese wine and spirits company.
Chateau Reysson Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 40 hectare Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Reysson is planted to 92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is probably the highest percentage of Merlot in the Left Bank of Bordeaux! However, there is also a small amount of Cabernet Franc that is co-planted in the vineyards as well.
The terroir is clay, gravel and limestone soils. This explains in part the main reason for that much Merlot in the vineyards, as that is not common in the Medoc. The vineyard is planted to a vine density that ranges from 5,000 vines per hectare to 6,700 vines per hectare for the newer plantings.
To produce the wine of Chateau Reysson, vinification takes place in 22 temperature controlled, stainless steel vats that range in size from 140 hectoliters up to 230 hectoliters. Malolctic fermentation takes place in tank. The wine is then aged in a combination of 400 liter barrels and standard sized, French oak barrels, of which 15% are new oak for 12 to 14 months before bottling.
There is a second wine, Moulin de Reysson. On average, the annual production of Chateau Reysson is close to 42,500 cases of wine per vintage.
The best vintages of Chateau Reysson are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009 and 2005.
For a period of time, the estate produced a special Reserve bottling, that was aged in more new oak and for an extended period of time, but following the 2008 vintage, the Reserve bottling was discontinued.
When to Drink Chateau Reysson, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Reysson can be decanted for an average of 1 hour, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Chateau Reysson is usually better with at least 2-4 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Reysson offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 3-9 years of age after the vintage.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Reysson with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Reysson is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine of Chateau Reysson is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.
Chateau Reysson is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
Château Reysson Wine Tasting Notes
10 Vintages 22,590 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Château Reysson (Haut-Médoc)|
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. 89-91 Pts
1,008 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2018||Château Reysson (Haut-Médoc)|
Sporting an exceptionally high percentage of Merlot for the Left Bank, 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 fun to drink, you can enjoy this just about on release. 90 Points
794 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Medium-bodied, fresh, ripe, juicy red fruits with a touch of stone on the palate, the wine will be easy to drink on release. 87-89 Pts
1,478 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Reysson (Haut-Médoc)|
Medium-bodied with fresh red fruits, soft tannins and an open, red cherry-plum personality. You can drink this on the young side. 88 Points
1,640 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Reysson (Haut-Médoc)|
Medium-bodied with polish to the tannins and lots of juicy dark fruits, this wine has freshness and the finish delivers sweet, crisp black cherries. 89 Points
2,538 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Reysson (Haut-Médoc)|
Tobacco, earth, black cherry and a dash of thyme are tossed together in this medium bodied, forward, Left Bank wine. 85 - 87 Pts
1,632 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2016
|2014||Château Reysson (Haut-Médoc)|
Medium-bodied, simple, easy drinking, round textured, ripe, plums, hints of cocoa and earth. Drink this on the young side. 87 Points
1,924 Views Tasted Jun 24, 2017
|2012||Château Reysson (Haut-Médoc)|
Easy drinking, forward, uncomplicated, fruity wine with soft textures and an earthy, spicy, plum finish. 87 Points
2,409 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2016
|2011||Château Reysson (Haut-Médoc)|
Tobacco, earth, black cherry and a dash of thyme are tossed together in this medium bodied, forward, Left Bank wine. 86 Points
1,309 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
With one of the highest concentrations of Merlot in the Haut Medoc appellation at, 85% Merlot, the rest of the blend is Cabernet Sauvignon. 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. Consulted by Stephane Derenoncourt, this is a Jeffrey Davies Signature Selections Exclusive. 86-88 Pts
1,871 Views Tasted Apr 8, 2012
|2010||Château Reysson (Haut-Médoc)|
Easy drinking, crowd pleasing, forward styled wine that offers soft, round, uncomplicated, ripe fruits with a bit of oak that is meant for drinking on the young side. 85 Points
2,499 Views Tasted Sep 20, 2015
|2009||Château Reysson (Haut-Médoc)|
Early drinking, forward, soft and approachable, with an oaky, sweet red and black fruit profile. 86 Points
3,488 Views Tasted Nov 26, 2015