Château Haut Rian
Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
Bordeaux AOC , Bordeaux, France
This is an easy-drinking white wine. It is wonderfully rich and zesty with aromas of white flowers and a crisp, crunchy palate with flavours of fresh lemon.
The vines for this wine grow in sandy and clay soil, and the grapes are harvested at peak maturity, then fermented in stainless steel tanks and left on lees for four months.
The Château has been recently taken over by Pauline Dietrich from her father, Michel. Pauline has converted their vineyard to Terra Vitas and Bee Friendly status, and the wines from this property set the benchmark for good value wine in Bordeaux.
- Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
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Château Haut Rian is a family property of 80 ha located about 30 km southeast of Bordeaux in the Premieres Côtes De Bordeaux and covers the hilly banks of the Garonne and includes a mix of different soil types. Château Haut Rian grow their white grapes on silty clay soils, while grapes for their red wines are grown on clay-limestone terroir.
Before starting Château Haut Rian in 1988, Pauline's father set off to build on his family winemaking experience and oenological qualifications, spending seven years working in an Australian winery. This diverse experience in the distinct regions of Alsace and Australia made Michel a very skilful artisan. It's this skill that allows Château Haut Rian to produce a range of meticulously made wines at a great price. Several Wines Direct sales representatives have worked at Château Haut Rian during the harvest, so we've seen firsthand the care and attention that goes into producing these fantastic wines. If you want to gain a new appreciation for fantastic Bordeaux, there's nothing better than tasting Château Haut Rian.
"This particular wine is big in restaurants these days and it makes a splendid aperitif and general food-friendly white. It’s dry and very zesty, crisp enough to tackle smoked salmon and with enough zing to cope with spiced olives. Fantastic value and an old favourite of mine. It has become better and better with each vintage."
"Owner - winemaker, Michel Dietrich, who spent six years making wine in Australia, saw real opportunity in the zone's 5-year-old Semillon vines rooted in limestone subsoil. A blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, this is a succulent, oak- free dry white wine that delivers pristine scents of herbs, ripe lemons and an edge of lime along with whiffs of peach and apricot. France should clone this guy."
"A bright and fruity wine, this has a ripe character, with hints of yellow fruits as well as warm acidity. an attractive tangy character gives the wine a lift."
"A goodly dose of Sauvignon Blanc in this stylish and highly affordable white Bordeaux makes it fresh and zesty while not trying to punch you on the nose as this grape sometimes does. A lovely summery wine."