Overview of the Wine
"A member of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, Château Rahoul boasts an exceptionally diverse range of terroirs. The history of Château Rahoul began in 1646, when Chevalier Guillaume Rahoul was responsible for the construction of this pretty chartreuse, and gave it its name. The management of the Rahoul estate was entrusted to Dourthe in 2007. Today, the Graves white is ranked among the finest of the appellation, while the red is a wine of great finesse and elegance." - Patrick Jestin
With their magnificent balance of aromatic complexity, freshness and generosity on the palate, the white Graves of Chateau Rahoul will elegantly withstand several years ageing in bottle.
Vinification & Ageing
Alcoholic fermentation in barrel.
8 - 9 months in barrel (20% new). Ageing on the fine lees with regular stirring.
The first six months of the 2016 grape season turned out to be particularly rainy and warm, replenishing water reserves in the soils which would serve the vines well in forthcoming months. Which was just as well as sunshine set in for the long haul from mid-June, bringing very dry weather until the end of the harvest. The combined effect of available water supplies and favourable temperatures – not too excessive during the day and very cool at night – played an important role in developing the fruit and their aromas during ripening. A peak in heatwave conditions was followed towards the end of August and beginning of September by cool nights which helped preserve the aromas in the white grapes. The Sauvignon blanc and Semillon were picked in the cool of the morning to retain the grapes’ natural acidities. With prominent notes of fruits and white flowers, accompanied by a delicate hint of smoke, the grapes express all the typicity of the terroir here at Château Rahoul.
Grape / Blend
78% Sémillon, 22% Sauvignon blanc
Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France
Renowned for Semillon cultivated on gravel, aromas of white peach and pear and a hint of smoke define this Rahoul 2016. Cultivated on clay over a limestone subsoil in certain parcels on the estate, appealing Sauvignon blanc lends lingering aromas offering mineral character, freshness and length. This is a successful blend, largely due to rigorously monitored harvesting dates, which lend round, fresh character and length to this superb white wine terroir.
92 Points - James Suckling
This is very exotic and rich with lots of sliced-mango, apple, peach, and banana character. Full-bodied, layered and delicious. One of the best in years. A blend of 78 per cent semillon and 22 per cent sauvignon blanc.
Product size: 750ml