Château de La Riviere is one of the older estates in the Fronsac appellation. The history of the property can be dated back all the way back to 769, when the Emperor Charlemagne ordered that a fort be constructed on the site, Prior to 769, the land was previously used by the ancient Romans as a burial mound. The large, 65 hectare vineyard of Chateau de La Riviere is planted to 82% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% old vine Malbec in 53 separate parcels on clay, limestone and sandy soils. This shows a marked increase in the plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyards have old vines, some of which are up to 80 years old and the entire property is farmed organically.
2006 Château de La Riviere
83% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon ,
5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec
“Wine Spectator” – 88 Points
“A friendlier, toasty style, with spice, licorice and fig bread notes backed by crushed plum and blackberry fruit that fades a touch on the finish, which is gentle for the appellation.”