Chateau Haut Rian Cadillac.
Fresh citrus notes, mixed with honey lemon and orange makes this one of the finest blends to be found in this price range.
- Dessert & Fortified
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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!
"Cadillac is Sauternes' and Barsac's dowdy neighbour, never producing stuff that scales their heights but capable of making decent sweet wines based on Semillon. It even gets the same kind of fog, hence a touch of botrytis or noble rot on the nose of this 2006, now fully mature and deliciously seductive."
"Chilled Sauternes with cold hard cheese such as Comté are a summer meal’s coda of deep brilliance, if one could afford it. In the real world, however, a half bottle of a Sauternes is now often €30, with €60 to €200 for full bottles. We need to be resourceful and look towards adjacent appellations like Saint-Croix-du-Mont, Barsac, or, as here, Cadillac. It is lighter, but has proper botrytis grapes and is indeed excellent with Comté."
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.