Chateau Destieux St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Everything about Chateau Destieux St. Emilion, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairings, best vintages, 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 Destieux History, Overview

Chateau Destieux does not take its name from a former owner, or the founder of the estate like so many Bordeaux wine producers. History is not exactly sure. The name comes from the amazing vista’s that can be seen from the top of the slopes on the property. 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.

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. Today, the Dauriac family also own 2 other estates in the Right Bank, Chateau La Clemence in Pomerol as well as Chateau Montlisse, which is located in Saint Emilion.

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.

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Chateau Destieux Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 8 hectare vineyard of Chateau Destieux in Saint Emilion is planted to 66% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc and 17% 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 oak, fermentation vats, allowing for parcel by parcel vinification. One interesting bit 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. 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. On average, between 2,500 and 2,800 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.

Serving and Decanting 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. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might also need decanting, for both aerating and to remove the sediment. 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

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  1. 2016 Château Destieux ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Medium bodied with sweet black raspberry, vanilla, licorice and espresso, this wine is forward and fun with a crowd-pleasing style.

      90 points - Tasted
  2. 2015 Château Destieux ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Licorice, juicy, sweet, black fruits and salty, polished tannins give this wine freshness and sweet, ripe fruits from start to finish.

      90 points - Tasted
  3. 2014 Château Destieux ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. 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

      89 points - Tasted
  4. 2012 Château Destieux ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Medium bodied, light in color, soft textured red plums and cherries in the short finish.

      88 points - Tasted
    2. Light cherry tones, medium body and a soft, ready-to-drink red berry finish. 86-88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
  5. 2011 Château Destieux ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Short, medium bodied, bright and filled with red fruits and new oak, drink this on the young side.

      87 points - Tasted
  6. 2010 Château Destieux ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Open, forward and round in texture, the wine is filled with licorice, espresso beans, ripe black cherries and earth.

      90 points - Tasted
  7. 2009 Château Destieux ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. 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 - Tasted
  8. 2006 Château Destieux ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. 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 - Tasted
  9. 2005 Château Destieux ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. 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 - Tasted
  10. 2000 Château Destieux ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. 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 - Tasted
  11. 1998 Château Destieux ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. 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 - Tasted