AOC (Cadillac) Côtes de Bordeaux
Château Réaut has a truly unique story. In 2007 the Rouzaud family, one of the wealthiest wine dynasties and owners of Champagne Louis Roederer, famously acquired a number of Bordeaux estates including Château Pichon Comtesse. Quietly, they also purchased a 26 ha vineyard on exceptional terroir in a horseshoe of clay-limestone slopes in the lowly Côtes de Bordeaux appellation, firmly believing that it would be possible, given the right terroir, to produce a wine that far surpassed its origins by simply applying the same resources as in cru classé vineyards. After several years of heavy investment and dedicated work, the Roederer management commissioned a strategic review of its holdings and decided for commercial reasons to divest themselves of this project, now well into the development stages but without having sold a bottle.
The new owners are a syndicate: 12 major investors, 6 from Bordeaux and 6 from Burgundy, supported by 400+ wine-loving smaller shareholders. The operation is led by Yannick Evenou, the former head of the Fayat family vineyards including Château La Dominique, next to Cheval Blanc (you can see him in the centre of the group photo above, just above the château’s insignia). Hundres of these co-owners gather for the harvest each year and hold a very special celebration – and a very big lunch!
Otherwise nothing has changed in the transfer of ownership: the vineyard team is the same, the work is still of the highest possible quality, and this new “GFA” has now completed what Roederer started. The 2012 is the first vintage fully under the new management, representing something extraordinary and achieving a level of quality and class beyond the presupposed limits of the humble Côtes de Bordeaux. The 2015 and 2016 vintages mark a new level of quality that shows that Réaut is establishing itself within the Bordeaux universe.
|Château Réaut, Bordeaux rosé, 2016|
|Château Réaut, Côtes de Bordeaux, 2012|
|Château Réaut, Côtes de Bordeaux, 2014|
|Château Réaut, Côtes de Bordeaux, 2015|
|Carat du Château Réaut, Côtes de Bordeaux, 2012|
|Carat du Château Réaut, Côtes de Bordeaux, 2015|