Chateau Haut Rian Selection Parcellaire
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Only produced with particularly good vintages, it never fails to live up to expectations. This red wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and a touch of Cabernet Franc. It is medium-full bodied, but elegant and smooth with a lovely balance between ripe fruit, hints of oak and fine tannins. Superbly made and perfect with red meats or a strong hard cheese.
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
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Michel and Isabelle Dietrich own some of the best sites on the hillsides of Rions, all south or southeast facing on limestone soils. These are details which make all the difference to me when choosing a wine for our list. Both Michel and Isabelle come from a winemaking tradition-Michel's family are winemakers from Alsace, and Isabelle's family are Champagne winemakers.
Taking his family experience, his qualifications from the universities of Beaune and Bordeaux, Michael set off to work with an Australian winery for 7 years before establishing Chateau Haut Rian in 1988. These are the other details which set this wine apart. A skillful winemaker, with experience in the very different regions of Alsace and Australia, he produces a range of meticulously made wines at a great price.
Owen Murphy from Wines Direct spent the harvest at Chateau Haut Rian, so saw at first hand the care and attention required to produce these lovely wines, finishing each evening with a nice drop to accompany Isabelle's excellent cooking!
"This wine exudes fine ripe blackcurrant fruit from old vines, while 12 months ageing in new oak barrels gives a toasty gloss. The result is wine of Cru Bourgeois quality at Chilean prices. It would be delicious with pan fried medallions of pork and creamy Dauphinoise potatoes."
"From a small family-owned producer who trained in Australia so he understands the importance of fruit. Côtes de Bordeaux is underrated and often a source of value-focused, Merlot-dominated wines. This has chocolate and black fruit aromas, full flavoured with lingering plums and chocolate, texture and a little structure but with a pleasing, Merlot-dominated finish."
"Good quality spicy Cabernet fruit backing up the Merlot makes this a real hit for the modest ask. Luscious, liquorice, cinnamon and cloves."
"Some interesting floral aromas mingling with spiced plum, supple tannin and elegant acidity."
Chateau Haut Rian
Michel and Isabelle Dietrich own some of the best sites on the hillsides of Rions, all south or southeast facing on limestone soils.