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Château Hourtin-Ducasse 2014

2014

Mentions

Rated 91 by Wine Enthusiast
Rated 15.75 by Jane Anson, New Bordeaux
Rated 89 by Andreas Larrson
Rated 15.75 by Vert de Vin
Selected and rated * by 1001 Dégustations 2017, Guide Internet des Vins
A Best Matching Bronze Medal at the 2016 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition with the Smoked Pigeon with Oolong Tea Leaves
Selected Cru Bourgeois, standard 2009
A Silver Medal at the 2017 Féminalise, in Beaune
A Silver Medal at the 2017 Elle A Table Competition, in Paris

Its story

After a triumphant start thanks to a warm spring and an exciting month of June, the growing season which was announced very promising proved to be delicate and complex. July was cold, below seasonal norms, and fresh nights added to the rainy days of August caught up nothing. Therefore, the veraison was heterogeneous within the grape and any advance taken at the beautiful spring was lost. It is finally the beautiful month of September with dry weather, temperatures near 30°C and exceptional sunshine that saved the vintage; a true gift of nature, perfectly unexpected (as in 2008). This general beautiful weather with fresh nights, ideal scenario for the aromatic expression, also allowed the stop of all sanitary degradation in the affected parcels. Result: beautiful small bays, highly concentrated. It is a rare vintage with again a small harvest for us, but which could be a worthy successor to the great classic vintages. We already think of 2010 for the structure and 2001 for the freshness and brightness of the fruit. Finally the 2014 will look to himself with a promising balance of sugar and acidity, which lets guess a beautiful aromatic complexity to come. To continue!

Blend

Cabernet-sauvignon 46%, merlot 46%, cabernet franc 5%, petit verdot 3%

Vinification and maturing

Alcoholic fermentation in open barrels (50% of the harvest), malolactic fermentation in barrels (100%) and maturing during 14 months in barrels, among which 30% of new oak

Alcohol by vol.

12.5%

Production

14 200 bottles

Tasting (06.01.15) – Marc Quertinier, oenologist

Dark and deep and dense ruby colour. Nose quite powerful, meaty, nice work of extraction, some grape skin touches, a lot of fruits. Black fruits, spices. Fat mouth, ample attack. Nice sweetness, a little new wave style. Tannic and fresh finish. Beautiful length.

Château Hourtin-Ducasse 2014 75 cl, bouteille
€ 13.50
Château Hourtin-Ducasse 2014 1,5 L, magnum
€ 28.00
Château Hourtin-Ducasse 2014 3 L, double-magnum sold out
€ 70.00