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Château Hourtin-Ducasse 2011

2011

Awards

Selected by Bettane+Desseauve, 2016 guide. Rated 14/20
Commended at the 2015 Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2015, in Hong Kong
Selected by Wine Enthusiast: “This wine is packed with fruit tannins and dense black currant fruits. It’s rich, structured, very dry with its tannins and firm. It’s a solid effort
that is going to develop well. Drink from 2017.” Roger Voss. Rated 87/100
A Gold Medal at the 2013 China Wine Awards, in Hong-Kong
Selected by Jacques Dupont, Guide du Bordeaux 2011, Le Point. Rated 14/20
Selected and rated ** by 1001 Dégustations, Guide Internet des Vins
Selected prix d’honneur in the 2016 Dussert-Gerber guide
A Bronze Medal at the 2013 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong IWSC
A “Paired with Peking duck” Bronze Medal at the 2013 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong IWSC
Awarded Vigneron d’Or in the 2015 Gilbert & Gaillard Guide. Rated 86/100
Selected and rated *** by Lust am Genuss, in Munich
A Silver Medal at the 2014 Féminalise, in Beaune
A Silver Medal at the 2015 Elle à Table Competition, in Paris
A Bronze Medal at the 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards, in London: “A gutsy character with juicy acidity and nicely judged tannins. Dark berries with hints of leather and pencil lead this is a tasty wine that will work well with food.”

The growing season

The winter 2010-2011 has been one of the driest of the decade, unknown conditions in Bordeaux with aridity and very high temperatures in April, May and June! Thanks to our chalky-clay sub-soils, our vines found sufficient water for their growth and maturation. The light hydric stress had no consequence and the premature stop of growth even allowed a fast orientation of the plant towards the phase of maturation. On the opposite, summer had fresh weather and welcomed reasonable rains to trigger the qualitative maturations. Our biodynamic and agriculture de conservation methods, with no chemicals at all this year again, strengthened the natural immune systems of vines; and so they limited the strong attacks of botrytis which made suffer Cabernets at the end of the campaign. Overall the year was early with the budburst on April 2nd, the blooming between May 17th and 20th, the color change for the Merlots on July 26th, and for the Cabernets on August 3rd. The grape harvests, by hand this year, began September 14th with the Cabernet used in the Rose de Marie; they started on September 19th for the Château Hourtin-Ducasse with very fruity and juicy Merlots. Cabernets-Sauvignons and Cabernets Francs followed with small clusters at perfect maturity, flavorful, but giving little juice, as the Petits Verdots. As for yields, as usual, they were low.

Blend

Cabernet-sauvignon 74%, merlot 17%, cabernet franc 8%, petit verdot 1%

Maturing

13 months in barrels, among which 32% of new oak

Alcohol by vol.

12,5 %

Production

50 000 bottles

Tasting (25.9.18, leaf day) - Mathieu Huguet, oenologist

Garnet color with orange highlights (even more depth than in 2015).
Blackcurrants and pepper mix wonderfully, starting to talk about evolution. Smoked and chocolate aeration evoke the gravel ground of the vineyard and the minerality.
The touch of this wine commands respect. A very nice balance.
Serving temperature: 16–17°C.
Harmonises with: Venetian style calf liver, linguine with cockles, homemade Kebab and its white sauce, square of dark chocolate…

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