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“Wild” isn’t a word frequently associated with Bordeaux, so here is a rare exception. All natural yeasts, the slightest dollop of sulfur, no filtration or fining, and (of course) organic farming make this a bit of a flamboyant bird in an otherwise composed and sober red Bordeaux landscape. A fun library release straight from the estate that is ready to drink tonight.

Chris Santini


Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2004
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Merlot
Appellation: Fronsac
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Producer: Château Haut-Lariveau
Winemaker: Bénédicte & Grégoire Hubau
Vineyard: 60 years avg., 7.92 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone and Clay, Gravel
Aging: 12- to 18-month élevage in barriques, 25% new
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13.5%

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Bordeaux

map of Bordeaux

Often considered the wine capital of the world, Bordeaux and its wines have captured the minds, hearts, and wallets of wine drinkers for centuries. For many, the wines provide an inalienable benchmark against which all other wines are measured.

Bordeaux is divided into three winegrowing regions with the city that gives the region its name in the near geographical center. The “right bank,” or the area located east of the Dordogne River, produces wines that are predominantly Merlot with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The “left bank” is located to the west of the Garonne River and produces wines dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot.

The third region, Entre-Deux-Mers, lies between both rivers and produces white wines from Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle. Though technically in the left bank, it is worth noting the appellation of Sauternes, which produces arguably the world’s most famous sweet wines from Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Muscadelle as well.

Though many top Bordeaux wines are sold en primeur (in advance of their bottling) and often through a middleman known as a negoçiant, Kermit has always preferred to purchase directly from the winemaker. For more than three decades he has sought out small producers, who make classic Bordeaux wines and are willing to play outside the negoçiant system. This ethic has led to longstanding relationships, excellent prices, and perhaps most important—wines of great value and longevity.

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Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch