Chateau Destieux St. Emilion Bordeaux, Complete Guide

Chateau Destieux

Learn everything about Chateau Destieux St. Emilion with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, the history of the property, and information on the vineyards and winemaking. 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 chateaux. History is not exactly sure. But it is probably the amazing vistas 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.

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

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 a parcel by parcel vinification.

Two interesting bits of trivia for you are 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, and FoodPairing 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

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2020 Château Destieux  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Deep in color, with layers of ripe, round, chocolate-infused plums, cherries and licorice, the finish is ripe, sweet and polished. 89-91 Pts

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2019 Château Destieux  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Smoke, espresso, flowers, chocolate and plummy aromatics come through on the perfume with no effort. On the palate the wine is round, lush, sweet, fresh and opulent with loads of dark red fruits covered with coffee and cocoa that sticks with you from the mid-palate all the way through to the back-end. Drink from 2023-2034. 92 Points

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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

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2018 Château Destieux  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

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

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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

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2017 Château Destieux  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

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

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2016 Château Destieux  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

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

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Medium bodied with sweet black raspberry, vanilla, licorice and espresso, this wine is forward and fun with a crowd-pleasing style. 90 Points

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2015 Château Destieux  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Licorice, juicy, sweet, black fruits and salty, polished tannins give this wine freshness and sweet, ripe fruits from start to finish. 90 Points

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2014 Château Destieux  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

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

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2012 Château Destieux  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Medium bodied, light in color, soft textured red plums and cherries in the short finish. 88 Points

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

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2011 Château Destieux  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

Short, medium bodied, bright and filled with red fruits and new oak, drink this on the young side. 87 Points

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2010 Château Destieux  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Open, forward and round in texture, the wine is filled with licorice, espresso beans, ripe black cherries and earth. 90 Points

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2009 Château Destieux  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

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

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2008 Château Destieux  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

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

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2006 Château Destieux  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

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

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2005 Château Destieux  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

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

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2003 Château Destieux  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

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

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2001 Château Destieux  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

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

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2000 Château Destieux  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

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

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1998 Château Destieux  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

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

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