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2016 Château Croix du Rival, Lussac-Saint–Émilion

2016 Château Croix du Rival, Lussac-Saint–Émilion

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A famous Bordeaux winemaker Stephan von Neipperg (owner of two prestigious Grands Crus Classés of St-Emilion: Chateau Canon la Gaffelière and La Mondotte) purchased this exceptional wine estate, Chateau Croix du Rival, in 2007 located in Lussac Saint-Emilion. The vines are located in an area of great archaeological interest encompassing the former Gallo-Roman villa of Lucciacus. Château Croix du Rival has 20 hectares of vines, some of which are over 50 years old. The clay-limestone soil is entirely comparable with that of the SaintEmilion plateau where the finest great growths are located. The Croix du Rival overlooks the vines, such crosses are numerous in SaintEmilion and helped mark the way for pilgrims going to Santiago de Compostela. In February 2018, Aslan family, the major shareholder of VINTEX purchased two outstanding wines estates in Bordeaux : Chateau Croix du Rival, Lussac-St-Emilion and Chateau Soleil, Puisseguin StEmilion, with the ambition to continue to make one the best wines of Saint-Emilion region still wous in Saint–Émilion and helped mark the way for pilgrims going to Santiago de Compostela.

  • Surface area : 12 hectares
  • Age of the vines : 25 and some 50 years old
  • Soil : Clay-limestone plateau
  • Grape varieties : 100% Merlot
  • Winemaker/consultant : Stephan von Neipperg
  • Production: 70 000 bottles
  • Yield : 45 hl/ha
  • Winemaking: Maceration lasting 3-4 weeks in temperature-controlled concrete vats. Extraction with pigeage (breaking up the cap) and pumping over. Malolactic fermentation in barrel
  • Aging : On the lees, in 30-40% new french oak barrels, 12-18 months

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89 Points – “Wine Spectator”

James Molesworth

“Shows whiffs of chestnut and tobacco, backed by fig paste and mulled black currant 

fruit, with a nice fleshy finish. This has solid guts for the vintage.”