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"The 2019 Le Retout Blanc is a blend of 48% Gros Manseng, 40% Sauvignon Gris, 6% Savagnin and 6% Mondeuse Blanche, all picked between September 11th and the 30th, at a yield of 43.3 hl/ha. The fruit was pressed without destemming, fermented in barrels and small cuves, and then aged in a mix of 80% barrels, of which 15% were new, and 20% amphorae. It has a polished lemon-gold hue in the glass, and a very expressive nose filled with luscious scents of orchard fruit, especially mirabelle and yellow peach, with floral vanilla flower, sage and honeysuckle complexities. There is also a white pepper and minerally crushed oyster shell note here. The palate is beautifully textured, broad and set within a firm frame, with great grip to it, and following the lead of the nose it positively shimmers with mineral intensity, intertwined with fine acidity. I find great savoury substance here, with both intensity and energy, and a remarkably long finish. A quite brilliant wine, and unique within the region, and its undeniable balance – even if the declared alcohol is on the high side at 14.5% – suggests this should develop well in the cellar."
- Wine Doctor 94 points
Mirabelle, Yellow Peach, Sage, Honeysuckle, White Pepper, Mineral
Oyster, Octopus, Squid, Sushi, Sashimi, Jellyfish, Dim Sum, Comte Cheese, Brie, Goose Liver, Aperitifs, Salad, Asparagus
Château de Retout saw a rebirth in the 1950s, when the property was acquired by the Kopp family. Since then, this estate has been thriving with 34 hectares of vineyards planted in the Cussac-Fort-Médoc commune located in the Haut-Médoc. The vineyards are made up of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, with smaller plantings of Merlot and Petit Verdot, as well as two hectares planted to white varieties. Today, the second generation is at helm, daughter, Hélène and her husband, Fédéric Soual. Château de Retout is known for their authentic Bordeaux character, depth and potential, these are wines for the traditional-styled Bordeaux lover.