2010 Haut-Riot "Cuvée Juliette" Bordeaux

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Château Haut Riot belongs to the Latorse family; this is their fourth generation of winemaking. The estate has a total of 110 hectares and is one of the only petits châteaux to have the famous Michel Rolland as consultant. Haut Riot is one of the few estates that is well located in the Entre Deux Mers: It is situated on a southern-exposure hill, with a lot of clay in the soil. The terroir is great and allows this property to make high quality wines every year. Cuvée Juliette (named for the estate owner’s daughter so obviously a wine that is close to the heart) is a selection of the best parcels of vineyards. The wine combines richness and concentration with a sense of elegance and finesse. Superb layers of currant and berry fruit combine with sage and cedar. This wine is a deliciously juicy style of Cabernet that is made to be enjoyed over the next five years. It has an inviting nose of dark tarry fruit. It is medium to full on the palate, with lovely precision reminiscent of the great vintage. The palate is filled with juicy black fruits, especially blackcurrant. It has lovely intensity and impeccable balance. The finish is easy and supple. A great value in Bordeaux. It is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. (Clyde Beffa, K&L)

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/3/2012 | Send Email
An excellent value from an estate in the Entre-Deux-Mers. This is surprisingly supple for being 80% Cabernet. Bright currant and raspberry on the nose with a juicy and bright mouthfeel. There is a beautiful lifted red fruit on the finish. Great value and great food wine.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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