May 24, 2018
A wine that rivals the best of the best
Balthus from Château Reignac ranks up there with the very best Bordeaux classics such as Petrus, Lafite Rothschild, Cheval Blanc... in blind taste tests. This 100% Merlot nectar is grown in two excellent kinds of soil, one that is rocky, the other chalky-clay to create the perfect conditions for this magnificent wine cultivated in the true Reignac spirit.
This vintage is made using a special micro-vinification technique, with the wine made right in the barrel, ensuring its specific characteristics as well as a higher level of sweetness than obtained through traditional vinification. The mid-palate is fuller with a mellow woodiness, due in part to the fermentation in direct contact with the oak of the barrel, that becomes a note that is systematically better integrated. The union of the finesse of the Graves with the power and freshness of the Argiles makes this quite an exceptional wine.
Key points: Six years of Balthus were blind taste-tasted by the European Grand Jury along with Petrus, Lafite Rothschild, and Cheval Blanc. The Balthus 2007 came in third.
Plus: Thanks to an improvement in knowledge about the growing conditions and the cultivation of additional vineyards, the volume of production of this vintage has been doubled, and today averages close to 12,000 bottles per year.
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