Chateau Haut Rian Coulous
Cadillac AOC , Bordeaux, France
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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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.
"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."