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Château de la Rivière

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2020 Château de la Rivière  (Fronsac) 92

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 Château de la Rivière Blanc  (Bordeaux) 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

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2019 Château de la Rivière  (Fronsac) 92

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

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2018 Château de la Rivière  (Fronsac) 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. 91 Points

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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

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2017 Château de la Rivière  (Fronsac) 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. 90 Points

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2016 Château de la Rivière Aria  (Fronsac) 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. 89 Points

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Forward, fun and easy to drink, this is a crowd pleasing styled wine that will drink well early. 88 Points

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2015 Château de la Rivière  (Fronsac) 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. 89 Points

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Forward, soft, polished, ripe and packed with, sweet, plush, dark red fruits, this will drink well on release. 88 Points

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2014 Château de la Rivière  (Fronsac) 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. 88 Points

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2013 Château de la Rivière  (Fronsac) 87

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 Château de la Rivière  (Fronsac) 88

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

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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

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2012 Château de la Rivière Aria  (Fronsac) 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

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2011 Château de la Rivière Aria  (Fronsac) 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

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2010 Château de la Rivière Aria  (Fronsac) 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

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2009 Château de la Rivière Aria  (Fronsac) 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. 90 Points

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2009 Château de la Rivière  (Fronsac) 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. 89 Points

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2008 Château de la Rivière  (Fronsac) 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. 88 Points

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2005 Château de la Rivière Aria  (Fronsac) 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. 90 Points

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