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Chateau Reignac History, Overview
Chateau Reignac was purchased in 1990 by Stephanie and Yves Vatelot. The debut vintage was named Reignac Prestige. The Vatelot family spared no expense in striving to produce the best possible wine from their terroir. After purchasing Chateau de Reignac, Yves Vatelot turned things around quickly.
He began harvesting by hand, instead of machine. He completely renovated the estate and wine cellars and he brought in Michel Rolland to consult. Yves Vatelot also replanted much of the vineyard and increased the density of the vineyard plantings.
Chateau Reignac Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The large, 135 hectare Bordeaux vineyard of Chateau Reignac is planted to 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon for the red wine. For the white wine, the vineyard is planted to 60% Semillon and 40% Sauvignon Blanc. In total, out of their 135 hectares, they have has 80 hectares under vine. 78 hectares are devoted to growing grapes for red Bordeaux wine. 2 hectares are reserved for white Bordeaux wine grape varietals.
The vineyard is situated on the western side of the Entre Deux Mers appellation. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,000 vines per hectare. The terroir is gravel and clay soil, which is perfect for the Cabernet Sauvignon and limestone with clay soils for the Merlot. The white wine grapes are planted in the limestone soils.
To produce the wine of Chateau Reignac, the wine is vinified in vat. Actually, they have applied for patent to protect their vinification process. What happens is, the grapes are placed in the barrel through a specially designed lid before maceration. Or if it is after cold maceration, the grapes 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 the 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 easily 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.
Malolactic Fermentation takes place in 100% new oak barrels. The wine of Chateau Reignac is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for between 16 and 20 months. A portion of Chateau Reignac is micro vinified, meaning it is barrel fermented.
When to Drink Chateau Reignac, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Reignac is much better with at least 2-4 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 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 Reignac offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 3-14 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Reignac with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Reignac is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Reignac is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Reignac is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
The best wine from Chateau Reignac is called simply Reignac. The wine is produced from the estates oldest viness which are on average more than 40 years of age. This is the wine that you read most of the good comments on. There is a second wine, Chateau de Reignac. This causes some confusion in the marketplace, due to the extremely similar names of the Grand Vin and the second wine. The second wine, which is called Chateau de Reignac features a white label and comes in a typical Bordeaux shaped bottle. The Grand Vin has a brown label is comes in a taller bottle.
In 2002, Reignac introduced a new, top of the line wine, Balthus. Balthus is produced from a small, 3 hectare parcel of 100% old vine Merlot. The wine is produced using 100% micro-vinification techniques, meaning the wine is made completely in the barrel from start to finish. In that regard, Balthus was ahead of the curve for small production wineries.
If you jump ahead about 8 years later, a few of the top Right Bank estates are also using micro vinification techniques, most notably La Violette in Pomerol. Balthus is the most expensive wine from the Entre Deux Mers appellation as well as the most expensive Bordeaux Bordeaux Superieur. 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.
Reignac also produces a white Bordeaux wine from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Chateau Reignac is a fine Bordeaux Superieur value Bordeaux wine made in a crowd pleasing style that drinks well on release, offers good character and remains fairly priced. On average, when combined, the total production of Chateau Reignac is close to 30,000 cases per year.
Reignac Wine Tasting Notes
23 Vintages 76893 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2016||Balthus (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Dark in color, you find dense, fat, ripe, sweet, lushly textured fruits with plush textures and a dark, sweet, open, fat finish with gobs of ripe, dark berries, licorice and cocoa.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 790 Views
|2016||Reignac (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Easy drinking, forward wine, with a round, licorice, and black cherry profile that will be delicious on release.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 1744 Views
|2015||Balthus (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Dark in color, with round, lush, sweet, ripe, chocolate covered cherries, espresso and cocoa from start to finish in this forward styled wine.
Apr 29, 2016points - Tasted 917 Views
|2015||Reignac (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Forward, open, easy drinking charmer, with soft textures, ripe fruits and sweetness in the round, easy going finish.
Apr 29, 2016points - Tasted 1452 Views
|2014||Balthus (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Dark in color, with round, fat texture, chocolate covered black raspberries and espresso notes in a forward style. 88-89 Pts
May 1, 2015points - Tasted 1224 Views
|2014||Reignac (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Soft, supple, forward, lush and polished, this will drink best in its easy to like youth. 88-89 Pts
May 1, 2015points - Tasted 1922 Views
|2013||Balthus (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
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
May 1, 2014points - Tasted 1414 Views
|2013||Reignac (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Herbs, licorice, cherry and citrus accents are coupled with an oaky personality to produce a wine that should be enjoyed in its youth. 86-88 Pts
Apr 5, 2014points - Tasted 2044 Views
|2012||Balthus (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Chocolate mint, blackberry and fresh herbs create the nose. On the palate, the wine is soft, medium bodied and ends with a sweet, chocolate covered, black cherry and mocha finish.
May 15, 2015points - Tasted 1932 Views
Truffle, cherries, smoke and chocolate, with a thyme accent creates the nose. The wine is lush and polished, with a forward, rich, fruity character.
May 7, 2015points - Tasted 1767 Views
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
Apr 26, 2013points - Tasted 2393 Views
|2012||Reignac (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Earth, licorice, black cherry and smoke on the nose, with a forward, sweet, fresh, chocolate and vanilla bean, cherry finish.
May 15, 2015points - Tasted 1884 Views
Easy to drink with its fruit forward, medium bodied, chocolate covered cherry and licorice filled round personality. This is a wine of pleasure, not a wine for aging.
May 7, 2015points - Tasted 1455 Views
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
Apr 28, 2013points - Tasted 2530 Views
|2011||Balthus (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
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
Mar 16, 2012points - Tasted 1267 Views
|2011||Reignac (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
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
Mar 16, 2012points - Tasted 2686 Views
|2010||Balthus (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Rich, round, lush sweet, ripe fruits, licorice, chocolate and espresso beans are all over the place in this 100% Merlot wine.
Nov 16, 2014points - Tasted 1288 Views
|2010||Reignac (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Tight at the moment. With effort, oak, earth, licorice, some and plums cound be found. There is good freshness in the fruits, but it requires a few years to soften and open up.
Nov 19, 2014points - Tasted 3033 Views
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.
Apr 22, 2011points - Tasted 5243 Views
|2009||Balthus (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Approachable already, with blackberry, plum, vanilla, licorice, jam and chocolate, this luscious 100% Merlot wine is a definite crowd pleaser.
May 9, 2012points - Tasted 1607 Views
|2009||Reignac (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
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.
Nov 29, 2013points - Tasted 3765 Views
|2008||Balthus (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Showing well today, with its luscious, ripe, sweet, dark red fruits, licorice, chocolate and coffee beans in full force. Round and easy to drink, this is a crowd pleaser.
Aug 26, 2017points - Tasted 1169 Views
|2008||Reignac (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
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.
Sep 19, 2012points - Tasted 2519 Views
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.
Aug 7, 2011points - Tasted 2590 Views
|2006||Reignac (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
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.
Sep 19, 2012points - Tasted 2457 Views
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.
Aug 19, 2011points - Tasted 4416 Views
|2005||Balthus (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
Lush, round, ripe, fat, dark, juicy fruits, licorice, smoke and espresso notes are all over the place. Concentrated, full bodied and rich, the wine is long, with intensity of flavor in the chocolatey, black cherry and even blacker licorice in the finish.
Jan 10, 2018points - Tasted 678 Views
|2005||Reignac (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
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!
Aug 10, 2012points - Tasted 5184 Views
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.
Jul 25, 2011points - Tasted 6806 Views
|2001||Reignac (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
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.
May 9, 2012points - Tasted 2672 Views
|2000||Reignac (Bordeaux Supérieur)|
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.
Aug 19, 2011points - Tasted 6045 Views