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Chateau Destieux History, Overview
Chateau Destieux does not take its name from a former owner or the founder of the estate like so many chateaux. History is not exactly sure. But it is probably the amazing vista’s that can be seen from the top of the slopes on the property that inspired the estate’s name.
Destieux is an archaic, French term that can be loosely translated to “des yeux” or “eyes.” From the Destieux vines, wine lovers get a bird’s eye view of the Dordogne river all the way over to the neighboring appellation of Montagne St. Emilion. For a point in time, the wines were sold under the name of Destieux-Berger.
Chateau Destieux The Modern Era
The estate changed hands in 1971 when the vineyards were sold to the Dauriac family. The debut vintage of Chateau Destieux under Christopher Dauriac was produced in 1976.
In 1999, the winemaking facilities of Chateau Destieux were greatly improved. To modernize their winemaking, they added eight new, temperature controlled, 45 hectoliter wood vats which allowed for the wines to be vinified on a plot by plot basis. Chateau Destieux is consulted by Michel Rolland.
Chateau Destieux Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 8 hectare vineyard of Chateau Destieux in Saint Emilion is planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The terroir is chalk and clay soils on a plateau, with slopes. At its peak, the vineyard rises to 100 meters, making it one of the highest elevations in the appellation.
The vineyard is in one single block of vines that can be divided into 8 separate parcels, which now match the 8, 65 hectoliter oak, fermentation vats, allowing for parcel by parcel vinification.
Two interesting bits of trivia for you is that each of the 8 oak fermenters was produced by a different cooper. The vineyard boasts old vines, many of which are between 40 to 50 years of age. More interesting is that Chateau Destieux is perhaps the only remaining Bordeaux estate that uses people stomping on the grapes to break the skins.
Malolactic fermentation takes place in 100% new, French oak barrels. The wine of Chateau Destieux is then aged in 100% new, French oak for barrels between 15-24 months depending on the vintage.
The best vintages of Chateau Destieux are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2010, 2009 and 2005.
On average, close to 3,2000 cases of Chateau Destieux are produced every year. There is a second wine, Reflets de Destieux, which was previously sold under the name of de Laubarede.
When to Drink Chateau Destieux, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Destieux is better with at least 3-5 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage. Chateau Destieux is best enjoyed in the first 5-18 years of life.
Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour to 90 minutes 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.
Serving Chateau Destieux with Wine, Food and Pairing Tips
Chateau Destieux is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Destieux is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Destieux is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
Aside from his 3 estates in Bordeaux, Christopher Dauriac also consults the Marianne Wine Estate, located in the Stellenbosch appellation in South Africa.
Château Destieux Wine Tasting Notes
18 Vintages 48,265 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Château Destieux (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Deep in color, with layers of ripe, round, chocolate-infused plums, cherries and licorice, the finish is ripe, sweet and polished. 89-91 Pts
621 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Château Destieux (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Black cherry, espresso and coffee bean are front and center here. The round, ripe, full-bodied, plush, juicy wine comes with intensity, and more than enough volume and energetic lift to deliver its dark plum, spice, smoke, licorice and dark cherry finish with ease. The wine is a blend of 66% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc and 17% Cabernet Sauvignon. 92-94 Pts
1,809 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Château Destieux (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Espresso, smoke, licorice, toast and plums are what you initially notice. Modern in style, with round, fat textures, the wine is lush, shows good fruit and intensity, but it needs time for the oak to better integrate. 90 Points
478 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Round, forward and oaky with an assertive smoke, espresso and licorice accent, the wine is ripe, sweet and in a modernist style that will appeal to some more than others. You can drink this on release or age it for 4-5 years. 88-90 Pts
1,266 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Destieux (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
With just the right amount of licorice, ripe multicolored fruits and espresso beans to round things out, the wine is sweet and polished with salty tannins and a round textured finish. Give this just a few years and it will show even better 90 Points
1,173 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Destieux (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Truffle, licorice, smoke, espresso and cherries open the medium-bodied wine. Round and soft on the palate the fruit ripe and sweet. It is a good wine, but not for the oak averse. 90 Points
938 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Medium bodied with sweet black raspberry, vanilla, licorice and espresso, this wine is forward and fun with a crowd-pleasing style. 90 Points
1,746 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Destieux (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Licorice, juicy, sweet, black fruits and salty, polished tannins give this wine freshness and sweet, ripe fruits from start to finish. 90 Points
2,143 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Château Destieux (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium bodied with a clear blast of black raspberry, vanilla, licorice and espresso beans, this wine has an open, forward and approachable style. 88-90 Pts
2,262 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2015
|2012||Château Destieux (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium bodied, light in color, soft textured red plums and cherries in the short finish. 88 Points
1,935 Views Tasted May 15, 2015
Light cherry tones, medium body and a soft, ready-to-drink red berry finish. 86-88 Pts
2,047 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Château Destieux (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Short, medium bodied, bright and filled with red fruits and new oak, drink this on the young side. 87 Points
2,562 Views Tasted Nov 17, 2013
|2010||Château Destieux (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Open, forward and round in texture, the wine is filled with licorice, espresso beans, ripe black cherries and earth. 90 Points
3,958 Views Tasted Nov 14, 2014
|2009||Château Destieux (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Licorice, black plums, blueberry, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and smokey notes create the perfume, Full bodied, rich, round and packed with layers of sensuous, ripe, sweet, dark berries, cherry and cocoa, this is the best wine I have tasted from Chateau Destieux. 91 Points
5,519 Views Tasted Jul 7, 2012
|2008||Château Destieux (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium bodied and ready to go, the earthy cherry, red plum, thyme, forest leaf and tobacco notes shine through the nose and carry through to the round, fresh, palate. The wine was made from a blend of 66% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc and 17% Cabernet Sauvignon. 90 Points
2,589 Views Tasted Dec 27, 2017
|2006||Château Destieux (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
From an assemblage of 66% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Cabernet Franc, the wine offers red and black fruit, stone, earth and coffee scents. Medium/full bodied, soft in texture, the wine ends with black raspberry and licorice notes. 89 Points
2,515 Views Tasted Dec 15, 2011
|2005||Château Destieux (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Licorice, blackberry espresso, smoke and boysenberry aromas lead to a powerful, sweet, round textured St. Emilion that will be drinking great with another 2 - 5 years of bottle age. 91 Points
4,864 Views Tasted Aug 1, 2011
|2003||Château Destieux (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Opulent, round, ripe fruits, licorice, dark cocoa, black cherry liqueur and fig notes are all over the place, on your palate and in the perfume. This is drinking about as well as it's going to get. 91 Points
2,146 Views Tasted Dec 13, 2017
|2001||Château Destieux (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Short and sweet, easy to drink, with its soft, open, medium bodied, cherry, licorice, earth and smoky character, this requires drinking over the near term. 89 Points
1,358 Views Tasted Feb 9, 2019
|2000||Château Destieux (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fully mature, round and fleshy in texture, with licorice, truffle, earth, black cherries, mocha and espresso to create its character. Easy to drink, no decanting required. 90 Points
3,349 Views Tasted Jan 7, 2017
|1998||Château Destieux (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fully mature, medium bodied and showing just as much, earthy, dark red fruits as it does thyme, tobacco and espresso, the wine is soft and easy to drink. If you have a bottle hanging around, pop a cork as it is only going to drop fruit from here. 88 Points
2,386 Views Tasted Aug 2, 2017