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Château Haut Rian ‘Pure Gourmandise’


Côtes de Bordeaux AOC, Bordeaux, France

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Château Haut Rian ‘Pure Gourmandise’

Bordeaux is a very traditional area, but some winemakers bring a new vision to this historic area. This wine is 100% Merlot with no added SO2 and created by the new generation at Chateau Haut Rian, Pauline Dietrich. It is surprisingly light and fresh. Well-made with a little bit of savage wildness at the end. Fantastic wine and an excellent introduction to this new wave of winemaking.

Intensity Light bodied Full bodied
Acidity Low High
Style Dry Sweet
Pauline Dietrich
Pauline Dietrich is the second generation of her family to make wine at Château Haut Rian, but her pedigree as a vigneron goes back much further. Her parents, Michel and Isabelle Dietrich, come from traditional winemaking backgrounds. Michel's family are winemakers from Alsace, and Isabelle's ancestors are an old Champagne family.

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.

Château 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.

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