Chateau de la Rivière, Fronsac, Bordeaux, France

Ch de la Riviere vineyards looking towards PomerolName: Chateau de la Rivière
Location: Fronsac, Bordeaux

Best known for: their one wine
Available from The Wine Station: Chateau de la Rivière 2008

Chateau de la Rivière is one of the leading estates from the appellation of Fronsac which neighbours the famous Right Bank villages of St Emilion & Pomerol. The estate has a long history dating back to the 8th century, In fact Fronsac is believed to be the oldest wine growing region in Bordeaux. During the 13th & 14th century wines from Fronsac were more highly revered than those from Pomerol & St Emilion.

The current chateau was built in 1553 by the Mayor of Bordeaux. It is a magnificent estate with stunning architecture & 85 hectares of land. The estate is planted predominantly with merlot (82%), along with cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc & malbec. The vines are on average 38 years old, though some vines are over 80 years old . Traditional techniques are used and the wine is not heavily oaked – usually 12-18 months prior to bottling.