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Château de la Rivière

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2023
92
Black cherries, licorice, and chocolate come together in this round, forward, fruity, lush, soft-textured wine. The finish is sweet, polished, and packed, with dark red berries. Drink from 2026-2035. 90-92 Pts.

Black cherries, licorice, and chocolate come together in this round, forward, fruity, lush, soft-textured wine. The finish is sweet, polished, and packed, with dark red berries. Drink from 2026-2035. 90-92 Pts.

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2022
92
Lusciously-textured, dark-cherries, coffee beans, and licorice already show well in the round, supple, fresh, medium-bodied, plummy wine. This is going to be simply delicious on release. But, if you allow it a year or so for the oak to better integrate, it is going to be an even better wine. Drink from 2025-2037. 91-93 Pts.

Lusciously-textured, dark-cherries, coffee beans, and licorice already show well in the round, supple, fresh, medium-bodied, plummy wine. This is going to be simply delicious on release. But, if you allow it a year or so for the oak to better integrate, it is going to be an even better wine. Drink from 2025-2037. 91-93 Pts.

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2021
89
Espresso, cocoa, cherries and floral aromas open the wine. On the palate, the wine is round, forward and chocolatey with a dusty note in the red fruited finish. You can drink this on release. Drink from 2024-2032.

Espresso, cocoa, cherries and floral aromas open the wine. On the palate, the wine is round, forward and chocolatey with a dusty note in the red fruited finish. You can drink this on release. Drink from 2024-2032.

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2020
92
Espresso, chocolate-covered cherries and plums, with a hint of licorice is what you find in the perfume. On the palate the wine is soft, polished and showy, with a finish packed with fresh brewed, cocoa and sweet, dark red berries. Give it a year or so for the oak to better integrate and it should be even better. Drink from 2024-2036.

Espresso, chocolate-covered cherries and plums, with a hint of licorice is what you find in the perfume. On the palate the wine is soft, polished and showy, with a finish packed with fresh brewed, cocoa and sweet, dark red berries. Give it a year or so for the oak to better integrate and it should be even better. Drink from 2024-2036.

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Chocolate covered plums, cherries, licorice and wet earth on the nose and palate are found here. Round, lush, polished, fresh and fruity, the finish delivers ripe dark red fruits, spice, and cocoa with good acidity and length. You can enjoy this in its youth and for at least a decade or slightly longer. 91-93 Pts

Chocolate covered plums, cherries, licorice and wet earth on the nose and palate are found here. Round, lush, polished, fresh and fruity, the finish delivers ripe dark red fruits, spice, and cocoa with good acidity and length. You can enjoy this in its youth and for at least a decade or slightly longer. 91-93 Pts

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2019
92
Medium-bodied, round, supple-textured, plush, polished, forward wine with a generous dose of sweet, ripe, fresh, red fruits with just the right amount of chocolate in the round finish. You can drink this on release. Drink from 2022-2031.

Medium-bodied, round, supple-textured, plush, polished, forward wine with a generous dose of sweet, ripe, fresh, red fruits with just the right amount of chocolate in the round finish. You can drink this on release. Drink from 2022-2031.

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Dark in color, the perfume exudes licorice, smoke, cocoa and ripe plums. The wine is round, lush, rich and offers a good depth of flavor on the palate finishing with loads of fresh black cherries, dark chocolate and plums. 91-93 Pts

Dark in color, the perfume exudes licorice, smoke, cocoa and ripe plums. The wine is round, lush, rich and offers a good depth of flavor on the palate finishing with loads of fresh black cherries, dark chocolate and plums. 91-93 Pts

2,257 Views   Tasted
2019
84
Light in color, better in the nose with its pomelo accents than on the palate, the wine is light in flavor and should be consumed over the next 1-3 years. 84 Pts

Light in color, better in the nose with its pomelo accents than on the palate, the wine is light in flavor and should be consumed over the next 1-3 years. 84 Pts

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2018
91
Forward, round, silky, soft, fresh and fruity, the wine delivers its blend of chocolate covered cherry, espresso, smoke and licorice effortlessly. Medium-bodied with ample, dark cocoa and a hint of peppery plums in the finish, this is already a treat in the glass.

Forward, round, silky, soft, fresh and fruity, the wine delivers its blend of chocolate covered cherry, espresso, smoke and licorice effortlessly. Medium-bodied with ample, dark cocoa and a hint of peppery plums in the finish, this is already a treat in the glass.

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Dark in color, the wine is round, fat, sweet and filled with ripe, dark red fruits, licorice, wet earth, coffee bean, smoke and cocoa. Lusciously textured in the finish, this is going to great shortly after release. 90-92 Pts

Dark in color, the wine is round, fat, sweet and filled with ripe, dark red fruits, licorice, wet earth, coffee bean, smoke and cocoa. Lusciously textured in the finish, this is going to great shortly after release. 90-92 Pts

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2017
90
The wine easily shows its oaky side along with its chocolate and plummy character. Medium bodied, round, lush and juicy, this will clearly offer pleasure on release.

The wine easily shows its oaky side along with its chocolate and plummy character. Medium bodied, round, lush and juicy, this will clearly offer pleasure on release.

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2016
90
Luscious, forward, ripe, round, chocolate coated, plum, and black cherry-filled wine with licorice and espresso notes on the nose, in the palate, and in the finish. This is fully ready to go, just pop, pour and enjoy. Drink from 2023-2028.

Luscious, forward, ripe, round, chocolate coated, plum, and black cherry-filled wine with licorice and espresso notes on the nose, in the palate, and in the finish. This is fully ready to go, just pop, pour and enjoy. Drink from 2023-2028.

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2016
89
Plummy, round, juicy and forward, with luscious textures, cocoa and coffee bean in the finish create a crowd pleasing styled wine that will drink well early.

Plummy, round, juicy and forward, with luscious textures, cocoa and coffee bean in the finish create a crowd pleasing styled wine that will drink well early.

1,616 Views   Tasted
Forward, fun and easy to drink, this is a crowd pleasing styled wine that will drink well early.

Forward, fun and easy to drink, this is a crowd pleasing styled wine that will drink well early.

1,331 Views   Tasted
2015
89
Smoke, licorice and dark cherries open the nose. Medium/full-bodied, deep in color, with soft, round, plush textures and a blast of sweet, ripe, dark plums, cherry and a touch of smoky, dark chocolate in the finish. With a bit of air before serving, this is quite easy to like.

Smoke, licorice and dark cherries open the nose. Medium/full-bodied, deep in color, with soft, round, plush textures and a blast of sweet, ripe, dark plums, cherry and a touch of smoky, dark chocolate in the finish. With a bit of air before serving, this is quite easy to like.

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Forward, soft, polished, ripe and packed with, sweet, plush, dark red fruits, this will drink well on release.

Forward, soft, polished, ripe and packed with, sweet, plush, dark red fruits, this will drink well on release.

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2014
88
Fresh, juicy, round, forward and offering loads of ripe black cherry licorice, smoke and earthy characteristics. Even at this young stage, this is already quite tasty and easy to drink. With a few years, this could be even better as it fills out and gains more weight.

Fresh, juicy, round, forward and offering loads of ripe black cherry licorice, smoke and earthy characteristics. Even at this young stage, this is already quite tasty and easy to drink. With a few years, this could be even better as it fills out and gains more weight.

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2013
87
Oak, earth and dark cherries move to a soft, accessible, oaky, red berry finish that will offer pleasure on release. 86-88 Pts

Oak, earth and dark cherries move to a soft, accessible, oaky, red berry finish that will offer pleasure on release. 86-88 Pts

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2012
88
Licorice, smoky cherries and earthy notes on the nose, lead to a sweet, open, fresh plummy wine.

Licorice, smoky cherries and earthy notes on the nose, lead to a sweet, open, fresh plummy wine.

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Supple-textured, ripe and approachable, this early-drinking wine offers a lot of fleshy, sweet, jammy and fresh black and red fruits with a fun, fleshy personality. 88-90 Pts

Supple-textured, ripe and approachable, this early-drinking wine offers a lot of fleshy, sweet, jammy and fresh black and red fruits with a fun, fleshy personality. 88-90 Pts

3,167 Views   Tasted
2012
90
Deep in color with licorice, flowers and jammy berries in the nose, the wine is rich, deep, ripe, jammy and full-bodied with a chocolate-covered, black cherry finish. 89-91 Pts

Deep in color with licorice, flowers and jammy berries in the nose, the wine is rich, deep, ripe, jammy and full-bodied with a chocolate-covered, black cherry finish. 89-91 Pts

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2011
90
From 73% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Malbec, with black cherry, licorice, soft textures and an open personality. 89-90 Pts

From 73% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Malbec, with black cherry, licorice, soft textures and an open personality. 89-90 Pts

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2010
90
La Riviere Aria was a discovery for me. Thank you to to Bill Blatch from Vintex for introducing me to it. It was the first time I had tasted this wine. From a blend of 86% merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, with vines averaging 40 years of age, the wine sported a deep color. Floral, boysenberry aromas, a rich mouth full of ripe, black fruit, chocolate and boysenberry jam makes this a very tasty offering from Fronsac. I'm not sure what this cost, but chances are, this will be a good value wine to seek out. 90-92 Pts

La Riviere Aria was a discovery for me. Thank you to to Bill Blatch from Vintex for introducing me to it. It was the first time I had tasted this wine. From a blend of 86% merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, with vines averaging 40 years of age, the wine sported a deep color. Floral, boysenberry aromas, a rich mouth full of ripe, black fruit, chocolate and boysenberry jam makes this a very tasty offering from Fronsac. I'm not sure what this cost, but chances are, this will be a good value wine to seek out. 90-92 Pts

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2009
90
This delicious, Merlot based wine is filled with ripe, juicy, dark berries, chocoalte, cherry, minerality and vanilla. Supple in texture, concentrated, fleshy and plummy, the wine is already drinking well now. It's hard to find in America at the moment, but if you run across a bottle, it's worth tasting.

This delicious, Merlot based wine is filled with ripe, juicy, dark berries, chocoalte, cherry, minerality and vanilla. Supple in texture, concentrated, fleshy and plummy, the wine is already drinking well now. It's hard to find in America at the moment, but if you run across a bottle, it's worth tasting.

2,642 Views   Tasted
2009
89
Fully ready to drink, the wine is filled with round textures, licorice, espresso bean, plum and cherries. This is not for aging. It's for drinking.

Fully ready to drink, the wine is filled with round textures, licorice, espresso bean, plum and cherries. This is not for aging. It's for drinking.

3,088 Views   Tasted
2008
88
Jammy black fruit, licorice and coffee aromas, soft textures, medium body with a plum and herb filled finish. I'd drink this on the young side.

Jammy black fruit, licorice and coffee aromas, soft textures, medium body with a plum and herb filled finish. I'd drink this on the young side.

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2005
90
Fully mature, round, flashy, espresso, dark, plum, licorice and black cherry filled wine with sweetness to the chocolatey fruit and a touch of oak that remains in the finish. This is not a wine to hold for further development.

Fully mature, round, flashy, espresso, dark, plum, licorice and black cherry filled wine with sweetness to the chocolatey fruit and a touch of oak that remains in the finish. This is not a wine to hold for further development.

1,738 Views   Tasted