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Château du Rival, Bordeaux Rouge, 2018

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Château du Rival, Bordeaux Rouge, 2018

This stood out in a blind tasting of reasonably priced 2018s: for aclean, red-fruited scent; generous fruit accented with cinnamon; apleasing softness; decent aromatics; and just a little support.Excellent value. Now-2022One of only eight reds in... Read More

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Château du Rival, Bordeaux Rouge, 2018

ColourRed

RegionBordeaux

GrowerChâteau du Rival

Grape VarietyMerlot

Vintage2018

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeRIV118

Our Rating

Medium-Bodied

Light > Full

Merlot

Origins       

  • Bordeaux region. Known by 18thC
  • Now much more widely planted in Bordeaux than Cabernet Sauvignon

Characteristics   

  • Productive - high yielding …but early budding, so vulnerable to frost (e.g. 1956)
  • In comparison to Cabernet Sauvignon: higher sugars and appealing...
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Château du Rival, Bordeaux Rouge, 2018

This stood out in a blind tasting of reasonably priced 2018s: for a
clean, red-fruited scent; generous fruit accented with cinnamon; a
pleasing softness; decent aromatics; and just a little support.
Excellent value. Now-2022

One of only eight reds in "Recommended wines under £10", by Jancis Robinson MW, FT Weekend Magazine, October 31st 2020

"A Ginestet bottling at a good price and nicely packaged. The Lafon family farm vines at Coubeyrac in Entre-Deux-Mers.
Mid ruby. Attractive savoury quality and almost Graves-like freshness with no shortage of fruit and a dry, remarkably persistent finish for the price. For food.Drink 2020-2024 VGV, 16/20", Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com, 21st October 2020

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