Chateau Du Retout 2018

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Vintage: 2018
  • DEC 95
  • JS 91
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Crafted by the skilled hands of winemaker Helen Kopp, with consulting winemaker Georgina Hindle, Chateau du Retout 2018 stands as a testament to the artistry of Bordeaux winemaking. This wine exudes balance, elegance, and a velvety smoothness that enchants the senses, showcasing enveloping tannins that caress the palate and a captivating volume that lingers on.

In the glass, a deep and inviting color hints at the wine’s rich character. The nose, as celebrated by Vincenzo Arnese, is a dance of aromatics—alive and expressive. A celebration of ripe cherry fruit takes center stage, its potency enhanced by subtle notes of liquorice and graphite. The bouquet unfolds with nuances and textures that keep you engaged with every inhale. Elegant and perfumed, it carries the essence of fresh figs, plums, and blackcurrants, accompanied by delicate floral notes of violet and lily, as noted by Daphne Teremetz.

On the palate, the experience unfolds as layers of flavor intertwine seamlessly. Ripe black cherry and blackcurrant cordial take the lead, their purity resonating with a lifted floral quality of violets. Plush tannins provide a luxurious mouthfeel, while a delicate hint of coffee bean oak emerges on the finish—a testament to its 12-month aging in 33% new barriques.

Both Decanter and James Suckling’s critical acclaims are echoed in the tasting journey. Decanter’s resounding 95 points affirm the wine’s prowess, while James Suckling’s 91 points highlight its refined nature. The fine tannins, the pleasing brightness, and the refreshingly crisp finish come together to create a red Bordeaux that can be enjoyed now or savored for years to come. Chateau du Retout 2018 is more than a wine; it’s an experience of Bordeaux’s elegance captured in a bottle.

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Critical Acclaim

DEC 95
Located just south of CussacFort-Médoc, du Retout has 34ha of vineyards for red wines, sitting on clay/gravel and deep Garonne gravel-based soils; vines average 30 years old and some were planted in the 1950s. The 2018 blend was 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28.5% Merlot and 11.5% Petit Verdot, handpicked and sorted, fermented in stainless steel with twice-daily rack and return, then aged for 12 months in 33% new barriques. Georgina Hindle: Aromatic and expressive, alive and upfront. A celebration of cherry fruit: ripe, fresh, potent, with cherry stones, liquorice and graphite. Nuance and texture, with lots to like. Vincenzo Arnese: Elegant and perfumed yet powerful nose, notes of fresh fig, plum and blackcurrant, violet and lily. Poised, intense but refined. Stunning! Daphne Teremetz: Ripe black cherry and blackcurrant cordial. Pure ripe black fruit with a floral violet lift. Plush tannins and a little coffee bean oak on the finish.
JS 91
James Suckling
A balanced, refined red with layers of fine tannins that are polished and very pretty. Medium body. Nice brightness and a fresh finish. Drink or hold.

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Located in the heart of the Haut-Médoc appellation, nestled between the renowned regions of Margaux and Saint-Julien, lies Chateau Du Retout. Established on a 34.5-hectare expanse of deep gravel and clay terroir, this vineyard has been a testament to winemaking tradition since its inception. The Kopp family, stewards of Chateau Du Retout for over five decades, have meticulously crafted superior Cru Bourgeois wines that beautifully blend freshness and enduring flavors. The history of Chateau Du Retout is marked by resilience. In the late 19th century, the phylloxera crisis wreaked havoc on French vineyards, causing many to vanish. Chateau Salva de Camino and Chateau Retou-Rosset, both Crus Bourgeois, faced similar fates along with smaller estates. It was only in the 1950s that the Kopp... Read More
The Bordeaux Red Blend is a versatile and internationally recognized wine varietal that has gained popularity among wine enthusiasts worldwide. Originating from the famous Bordeaux region in France, this blend encompasses a combination of grape varieties commonly used in Bordeaux's red wines. Although the term "Bordeaux Blend" is not an official or legal designation, it serves as a useful concept to discuss wines made in a similar style, regardless of their origin. While the term itself is not commonly seen on wine labels, it is often mentioned by wine merchants and enthusiasts to describe wines that resemble the characteristics of Bordeaux-style reds. In the United States, a similar concept is referred to as Meritage, which holds a legal definition and is a registered... Read More

Winemaker of Chateau Du Retout 2018

Helene Kopp

Steeped in the tradition of winemaking, Helene Kopp is the driving force behind the transformation of Chateau Du Retout. Her journey began in 1996 when she teamed up with her father to oversee the estate, armed with a freshly minted wine-making degree. Keen observation led to innovative proposals, elevating cellar practices. Joined by her husband, Frederic Soual, the duo immersed themselves in the estate, connecting intimately with plots, grape varieties, and the vine stocks' history. With an ear for the vineyard's story and the people who nurtured it, they swiftly recognized its potential. Their united focus sharpened on refining Chateau du Retout's wines to reach unparalleled excellence.
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