Château Larrivaux is one of our top picks when searching for an entry-level Cru Bourgeois. The estate has been transmitted from women to women since the 15th century and is now managed by Bérangère Tesseron, who keeps the family tradition of high quality, affordable wines. The high proportion of Merlot (61%) makes it a delicious, fruity and velvety wine with black fruit and light spices aromas. Perfect choice if you are looking for a nice ready to drink wine that will impress your guests!
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|Wine Characteristics||When & how to drink?|
Dry red wine
30% Cabernet Sauvignon
12% Cabernet Franc
2% Petit Verdot
From now to 2025
1 hour before
Lamb, beef, cheese like Camembert or Brie.
Gravel, clay and chalk
27 years old
18 months in oak barrels (30% new oak)
|What experts say|
16/20 "56% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Lots of rain in early September. Mid crimson. Not much nose. Some Cabernet comes out on the nose. Real zest and energy and already drinking well. Stony and very Cissac. Lively now."
86/100 "An attractive, Graves-like wine, the 2011 Larrivaux reveals smoky, earthy and berry fruit notes, medium body and soft tannin. It is a well-made Haut-Medoc that should drink well for 3-4 years."
90/100 "From the northern end of the Haut-Médoc region, close to Saint-Estèphe, this dark-hued wine is still very structured. Smoky wood-aging flavors give complexity that balances the ripe black currant fruitiness. It's still developing, so don't drink before 2018."
86/100 "Soft and forward, with basic plum and mulled cherry fruit, followed by a light tobacco coating on the finish."
"Plum-coloured, a delicate cherry and currant aroma, flourishing in a round and fresh mouth, with fine tannins. A harmonious wine in a fairly supple style."
15/20 "Nose of red fruits and spices. Mouth full of charm, gourmet tannins."