CHÂTEAU DE RIBEBON RESERVE
|Vineyard Blend||Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc|
|Terroir||56 hectares of 60-year-old vines planted at 5000 to 6000 vines per hectare in gravelly sand (over iron oxide subsoil) and clay soils. Moderate oceanic climate.|
|Farming||Vines tended to by hand. Harvested parcel by parcel.|
|Winemaking||Selection parcel by parcel, sorted at the vine and again at the winery. Complete destemming. Fermentation in stainless steel vats with temperature control. Pneumatic press.|
|Aging||Aged under temperature- and aeration-control for 18 months|
The clay-limestone soils of the Ribebon hamlet plateau (in the village of Pessac-sur-Dordogne on Bordeaux’s Right Bank) form the basis of Château de Ribebon Réserve Bordeaux Supérieur. On a rocky plateau overlooking the Dordogne River, The vines have a full southern exposure, allowing for maximum sun (helps bring the fruit to full ripeness). The plateau’s clay and limestone soils offer nutritional balance and allow the vines to adapt to climatic variation.
Merlot crafts a sophisticated and elegant wine with delicate yet admirable structure and refined red berry aromas. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc (this last one from 100 year-old vines, compared to the average vine age of 60 years) bring accents of ripe and supple fruit, with mineral undertones from the limestone supplying freshness. Oak-aged for eighteen months, this wine is all about elegance and balance. Easy to enjoy on its own, it also pairs well with grilled meats and vegetables.
|2014||60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon||XX IWR|
|2011||60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon||92 IWR|