Chateau Rioublanc is a family owned winery located in Saint Ciers d’Abzac, not far from Pomerol and Saint Emilion. Rioublanc takes its name from the little streams that crisscross the plateau (‘riou’ is the Occitan word for stream and ‘blanc’ refers to the white limestone soil). The Gironde-style chateau dates back to the 19th century and was once the home of Yves Renouil, a well known oenologist and author of the ‘Dictionary of Wine’.
Philippe Carretero represents the latest generation to handle the reins at this small chateau, which is certified ‘Agriculture Biologique,’ ‘Ecocert’ and ‘EU Organic’. Philippe’s wines are made from organically grown grapes which means that he uses no chemical weed killers, pesticides, fertilizers or fungicides on his crop.
Philippe’s white wine is made from hand picked grapes which are gently pressed to allow greater aromatic richness. The vineyard’s soil is worked by hand and the vines have not been fed chemical fertilizer for 20 years, instead they are fed with compost that slowly releases nutrients into the soil. Grass grows between the rows of vines and Philippe believes that competition with the grass is really beneficial as it limits the vine’s vigour, protects from erosion and limits soil compaction.
The result is superb and Philippe’s wines attract many awards. Chateau Rioublanc is also delicious with food and is excellent with shellfish such as oysters, mussels and crab. Being a delicate wine it’s lovely with lemon sole, plaice and smoked trout and also pairs well with chicken, salads, cold meats and soups.
Learn more about Rioublanc and Organic White Bordeaux at Nicks Blogs: Bordeaux’s Secret recipes – the White Blends and Going back to your roots, discover organic wine in Bordeaux – Award winning Chateau Rioublanc