2015 Chateau Soleil Le Rival

Year: 2015
Appellation: Lussac-Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 90-91
Vinous Media: 88-90
James Suckling: 92-93
Jeff Leve: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :

90% Merlot / 10% Cabernet Franc....This is a VERY modern / “American Style” . . . very up-front, fair amount of oak, super-ripe and rich....Made by Count Stephan von Neipperg

"Outstanding quality grapes are picked from two plots totaling just under four hectares. This wine has incredible potential: power and length, structure, good balance, soft tannins, complex aromas, and a persistent aftertaste. This is a great wine that will confidently hold its own among the other great right bank wines with more exalted pedigrees. "Riper and richer with sweeter tannin and fuller body, it is a beauty of purity, balance and symmetry . . . drink this beauty over the next decade." (WA)

"The 2015 Le Rival exudes power and richness. Dark cherry, plum, spice and cedar are some of the nuances that meld together in the glass. Rich, unctuous and beautifully layered throughout, the 2015 offers tremendous intensity and personality. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. This is a fabulous wine." (VM)

"A fresh and beautiful wine with blueberry and mineral character. Full and gorgeous. Creamy and pretty. Lovely texture" (JS)

"Deep, dark in color, the wine shows off its mint, licorice, flint, black cherry and smoke aromatics easily. On the palate, the Merlot dominated wine is rich, ripe, round, forward and approachable, leaving with you juicy black cherries, licorice and dusty cocoa in the finish. This should be at its best over the next 5 years or so. 1432 Views Tasted May 5, 2020" (JL)